it boots to a "white screen of death."
Hi, everyone. I apologize if this has been discussed before. I tried to search, but wasn't quite sure just what to search for....
A couple of months ago, I had Linux Mint installed and working perfectly, dual booting with Vista on an HP Pavilion dv6675us laptop. I was impressed with how well Linux works now compared to the last time I tried it several years ago. All my hardware, including my wireless network, was recognized and working fine. I then decided to give openSUSE a try, because Novell is local and because I wanted to use MonoDevelop and thought it might be integrated a little more tightly. openSUSE also worked very well for me.
Well, as usual, I couldn't leave well enough alone. (My wife says I keep moving the gas pedal on the PCs.
) I decided I wanted to try plain vanilla Ubuntu and see how it compared to Mint. I downloaded and installed the standard version of 8.10. All went well until I rebooted after the install. After logging in successfully, I saw the usual Ubuntu colored background. It then turned white, the spinning ball spun briefly, and I ended with nothing but a blank white screen--and was stuck.
I then tried installing 8.04 LTS (from a book DVD). It worked fine and booted successfully, but refused to find my wireless network. OK, I thought, maybe only the latest version has the appropriate drivers. So I inserted a magazine DVD (as opposed to the download I used previously) and ran an upgrade. Again, seemingly successful upgrade, reboot, login--and a white screen.
Finally, I thought, "I know that Linux Mint works, so let's try it." I installed Mint (using the same downloaded CD I used a couple of months ago). Believe it or not, I got the same result--a white screen!
I have three Linux partitions on my drive: / and /home (part 9 and 10) formatted as ext3, and a swap partition (part
. On each of these installs, I told the partition manager to use the existing partitions and to format part 9 only so I could retain my data in /home (the Mint install also formatted the swap partition).
I'm at a total loss. I'm thinking the problem might have something to do with the existing /home partition and that if I format it, the install might be successful. I have to figure out how to back it up first, though. It just occurred that I could do that with a live CD, but would I have to create a Linux partition on the backup drive to be able to do that?
Any ideas? Thanks very much for anything you can do to help!