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    blank desktop on ubuntu install (kubuntu install is fine)

    When I installed Ubuntu 8.04 on my roomie's computer, it results in a blank screen with mouse.
    When I try Kubuntu it works fine.

    I think I'd rather have Ubuntu because that's what I use and this guy doesn't even have an email address yet, so he's pretty green and I think Ubuntu's a little simpler.

    So I'm guessing it's a gnome problem? any ideas on what I can try?

    thanx

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    Re: blank desktop on ubuntu install (kubuntu install is fine)

    did you verify the cd md5sum? Can you post any specs regarding the computer?

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    Re: blank desktop on ubuntu install (kubuntu install is fine)

    I'll run lshw when I get home and post the results.
    the same disk was used in a couple other problem-free installs, but I haven't actually checked the md5sum.

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    Re: blank desktop on ubuntu install (kubuntu install is fine)

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    Re: blank desktop on ubuntu install (kubuntu install is fine)

    Not sure what to suggest. I'm thinking it's a driver issue related to your video card. Google ubuntu GeForce FX 5200 might provide the answer.

    Have you tried booting into safe graphics and then looking for a restricted driver in the Hardware Drivers menu?

    This might work from a shell (recovery boot), of course you have to use apt-get, as you wont have a graphical environment:http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-21554.html
    Last edited by spiderbatdad; July 31st, 2008 at 02:06 AM.

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