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Black Screen

Postby TrevelyanBlues on Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:45 pm

Hi all,

I want to clarify I've no experience in computing or coding, I'm intending to get some using Linux.

Trying to install Linux Mint 14 64-bit so I can dual boot between it and Windows 8.
I'm trying to install it from a USB (SanDisk 16GB)
I can get to the grub? sorry, not entirely sure but it's a black screen with white writing and options to install linux, install linux compatibility etc
I click to install and it cuts to a black screen.
I can reset my laptop using Ctrl+Alt+Del so it's not frozen, there's just no screen.
I've searched about and the suggestions are to edit the code or something.
I've tried a bunch after the splash -- part, stuff like radeon.nomodeset=0 and a ton of others with no luck.

Any suggestions appreciated!
Sorry for the retarded way this was written or if this is in the wrong place :/

Thanks :)

*I've got a Samsung AMD A8 APU with Radeon HD
uh, feel free to ask for details about the laptop or whatever you need :)
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Re: Black Screen

Postby passerby on Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:59 pm

How long does the screen stay black? It can take a while to boot through live mediums.
It often takes me a good 5 minutes to get from that install screen to the next GUI when booting from a DVD.

If it's not a matter of waiting it out, have you tried running it in compatibility mode?
It's possible that the live system doesn't support your laptop's graphics card/onboard graphics by default.
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Re: Black Screen

Postby TrevelyanBlues on Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:25 pm

hmm, maybe i haven't been patient enough...

I've tried running it in compatibility mode with the same result, what would you suggest I run?
any code edits before I boot it or shall I just use the compatibility mode?

If it doesn't support it is there a way around that to allow the install?

Thanks for the reply :D
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Re: Black Screen

Postby Zorba on Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:31 pm

Try to intalll it on a USB with Unetbootin it will boot faster this way and you'll be fine :D :D
Edit: You can get UNetbootin at http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/ :D
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Re: Black Screen

Postby TrevelyanBlues on Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:34 pm

I'm not keen on the idea of using that sorry, I'm too far to switch my approach now!
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Re: Black Screen

Postby Zorba on Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:53 pm

Hold down SHIFT from when you see the BIOS load screen to trigger the grub menu and check this link http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1613132 :D
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Re: Black Screen

Postby passerby on Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:02 pm

It sounds like LM14 isn't going to boot on your system, be it a graphics driver issue or otherwise. You could try:
-Installing LM13, assuming that works. It is LTS, after all.
-Installing Ubuntu 12.10 and converting it into mint. This takes more work, but I've seen Ubuntu boot when Mint won't and vice versa.
-Remove the HDD, put it in another laptop (or connect to a PC, if you have the equipment) and install the OS, then put the HDD back. This doesn't guarantee the OS will work as desired in the original machine though.

Hopefully someone can offer an edit for the install command to make it work. That would be the easiest and best solution IMO.
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Re: Black Screen

Postby zerozero on Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:14 pm

check this topic here >> viewtopic.php?f=59&t=113302
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Re: Black Screen

Postby TrevelyanBlues on Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:36 pm

guys thank you for all your help!
unfortunately i'm still having trouble so i'm gonna try mint 13 and see if it gets any better
also, see the first screen with the "install linux" and "install linux (compatibility)" options, as well as test memory and something else, i have to press the "E" key to edit the code, in the next page it has the option to press F2 to go to command prompt. where am i supposed to be writing the modeset/nomodeset etc? so far i'm deleting the "--" and replacing it with the codes, this correct?
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Re: Black Screen

Postby zerozero on Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:38 pm

this might help you >> viewtopic.php?f=46&t=122257 :)
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Re: Black Screen

Postby TrevelyanBlues on Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:44 pm

At the 10 second countdown screen during boot, press a key.


That's the first point but I can't even get that far xD
Black screen with white writing is as far as I get :/

Thanks though :)
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Re: Black Screen

Postby TrevelyanBlues on Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:51 pm

downloaded Linux Mint 13 and installed from the USB with NO ISSUES

guessing there's just a compatability issue between my APU and mint 14?

thanks for everyones help it was awesome, was not expecting such a quick response!

i know it's cheating a little to jump to 13 but hey, finally got there :D
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Re: Black Screen

Postby Zorba on Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:45 am

I'm glad that you made it through! :D :D
BTW The most significant improvements in Nadia are being backported to Maya just enable the backports. Check this link for howtos http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=2225
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Re: Black Screen

Postby ranmasword on Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:15 pm

I had the same problem with a Lenovo G475 laptop, but funnily everything works fine if a start up the computer with the dvd tray opened. If its closed I always get the black screen, but if as soon as I turn on the computer, I eject the dvd tray, then everything boots up perfectly. I dont know if this can help you, but it worked for me.

Im using Mint 14 and I love it! I changed all my business computers to Nadia (12 computers) in the last two weeks and everything is working way better than it used to with W7. This Lenovo computer was the only one with this funny glitch.
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