I faced the same problem with Linux Mint 12 LXDE and an ancient Graphics Blaster Riva TNT graphics card.
Here is how I solved it (thanks to this thread and http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1613132
- to install, I followed the directions in this thread; that is, when booting from the CD-ROM, I pressed Enter to make the boot menu appear, pressed TAB to show the boot options and added nomodeset
(separated by a space) as the last entry of the line; then, I pressed Enter to start the boot process
- after installing, to avoid the same problem to happen when booting from the hard disk, I solved in this way: after the POST phase of the BIOS, holding down the SHIFT key makes the GRUB menu to show up; then, pressing "e" on the first menu item shows you the GRUB options to boot from the hard disk; the kernel boot options are shown in the line that starts with "linux /boot"; after moving the cursor to that line and pressing End to go to its end, I added nomodeset
as the last parameter (separated by a space); then I pressed F10 to let the boot process continue
In this way, also booting from the hard disk worked. Then, I applied the suggestions given here to make GRUB pass the nomodeset boot parameter to the kernel by default, that is I edited /etc/default/grub
and added nomodeset
(separated by a space) as the last parameter of the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT
line. Then, I ran sudo update-grub
to apply the change.
Unfortunately, with my video card there seems to be no proprietary video driver available to avoid to apply the nomodeset parameter. Video performance is really poor, however at least the default nouveau driver is recognizing the maximum refresh rate of my CRT monitor in the correct way (I think it's the first time I see a Linux distribution to get it right with that monitor, without forcing me to play with the modelines of the X.org configuration!!).
By the way, is there any difference between using nomodeset