I'm recreating this thread here. Was originally in Newbie questions. I hope that's not an issue. viewtopic.php?f=90&t=121154
This is my first go at Linux ever. I'm trying to install Mint on a second hard drive (Win 7 on the primary HDD) and after messing with the BIOS (had to enable SATA Boot ROM), I can finally get a Mint splash screen from the live CD which then goes to a black screen with a white rectangle in the top left that takes up about 1/4 to 1/3 of the screen. At this point, the optical drive ceases to show any signs of life and everything freezes.
I've tried with Mint 13 Cinnamon 64, Mint 13 Mate 64, Mint 14 Mate 64, Ubuntu 12.10, Mint Debian 201204; same thing happened with all of them. Checksum on all of them is legit. My mid 2009 white MacBook booted one of the live CDs so it doesn't appear to be the media at all. I created a bootable USB stick of Mint 13 Mate using the dd command in Mountain Lion and it was the same issue so that would rule out the optical drive being the issue.http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/744
Booting in compatibility mode doesn't work: booted to pulsing black screen with no video
Integrity check: booted to black screen with white rectangle
I successfully booted Fedora 18 the first time I tried it. I was able to play around with a fully functional OS. But now it consistently hangs 3/4 of the way into the startup.
I updated the BIOS (I was 2 updates behind when I started)
I've flashed the BIOS several times to no avail
I also found some boot parameters that people have claimed address similar issueshttp://ubuntu-tutorials.com/2010/05/06/
replace "quiet splash" with i915.modeset=0 (booted to pulsing black screen)
replace "quiet splash" with i915.modeset=1 (booted to a bunch of errors culminating in an ATA bus error)
i915.915_enabled_rc6=0 quiet splash (booted to black screen with white rectangle)
i915.915_enabled_fbc=0 quiet splash (booted to black screen with white rectangle)
i915.semaphores=1 quiet splash (booted to black screen with white rectangle)
I should say, I'm not sure if I entered the above parameters correctly or if there are any other parameters that might help?
ASRock H77 Pro4M
Core i5 2500K
I'm using the onboard graphics of the 2500K (Intel HD Graphics 3000) running VGA to a Toshiba HDTV
8 GB AMD Performance Series RAM (2 x 4GB)
2 x 1 TB WD Caviar Green HDD (Win 7 and blank GUID)
optical drive is from ASUS
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!