Solved Dark Screen in Linux

December 9, 2011 at 14:32:42
Specs: Linux, Pentium4 3.20ghz; 1gb RAM
ive been trying to install ubuntu 10 (or any linux distro) but everytime, ill have a dark screen when im on the live desktop. my graphics is an nvidia geforce fx 5200 with 256mb of vram, and i dont know whats going on. please help.

Micky D.


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December 12, 2011 at 15:37:20


#1
December 9, 2011 at 15:07:52
Can you run the live CD without any problems?

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#2
December 9, 2011 at 15:17:10
shouldn't have a problem with that card, try this distro;
http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=06938

during the boot process when you get to the screen that ask you to use xorg or vesa, use the arrow key to highlight vesa and hit enter.
post back results

larry


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#3
December 9, 2011 at 15:26:05
well, i was hoping to run linux with gnome. mostly ubuntu

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#4
December 9, 2011 at 15:47:55

"dark screen when im on the live desktop"

right now we are just trying to get to a desktop, were you able to do that yet??

larry


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#5
December 9, 2011 at 15:54:46
http://mirror.hmc.edu/ubuntu-releas...

could try the alternate install cd. try this one:
PC (Intel x86) alternate install CD

larry


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#6
December 9, 2011 at 19:27:40
everyone, i can successfully boot to the live desktop just fine. it just that the screen is dark.

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#7
December 9, 2011 at 19:31:26
to larry, that causes to show a dark screen too. somehow, the only thing that works just fine is ubuntu 9.10. thats it. ive been wanting to run distros with gnome 2.32 or later, but they all turn out with the dark screen.

EDIT: what you mean by "can you get to the desktop?" is that i could at least install it? i can barely install it. when i was installing ubuntu 10.10, the computer froze during the installation.


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#8
December 9, 2011 at 20:01:26
We need to know if you see anything on boot. Did you try the cd on a different system? Did you check download? Did you burn at slowest speed as an iso?

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#9
December 10, 2011 at 03:19:26
I had a similar problem with laptops and ubuntu 8 and 9. The brightness was at max maybe 25%. No problems with ubuntu 10 and 11. Think it was a problem with drivers for certain chipsets.

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#10
December 10, 2011 at 05:29:19
no, its just this computer. the other can boot just fine, no dark screen on them.

@wizard-fred someone thought it was a driver problem, idk.


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#11
December 10, 2011 at 09:58:49
Do you see any sign of booting? Any clues?

Post specs of the computer.

Try a knoppix 5.x cd.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#12
December 10, 2011 at 10:30:03
@jefro it shows picture, its just dark. the brightness and contrast is set to all the way high on my monitor. and ill check into knoppix.

the specs are:
Dell Optiplex GX270
Intel Northwood* Pentium 4 HT @ 3.20GHz
1 GB DDR RAM
80 GB IDE HDD
DVD/RW Combo Drive
Nvidia Geforce FX5200 w/ 256 MB VRAM

*it might be northwood


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#13
December 12, 2011 at 14:28:38
i may have found a solution. ive been googling the dark screen, but i learned a blank screen is the same to what im having. so someone said to hit F6 at the livecd boot menu and select "nomodeset".

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December 12, 2011 at 15:37:20
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