I managed to install Linux Mint 17 Qiana on my Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 10 notebook.
I have kernel 3.13.0-24 installed with the distribution. No newer kernel I tried to install from the Ubuntu FTP (http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/) runs.
After Grub, I always get a black screen. In rescue mode, I get two lines, the second one mentioning ramdisk, and nothing more.
A guy from forums.linux-mint-czech.cz pointed out that the issue may be graphics card related, hence posting in this subforum.
My problem is that I can't run newer kernels and that I'd like to try because sometimes even though rarely I get strange graphics behavior (missing letters throughout the screen, e. g. O's or s's, and scrambled glitches in the MATE terminal window).
My question is, what exactly causes the glitches and/or what exactly prevents the newer kernels from running (and, hopefully, how to fix it).
If you tell me how to compile a kernel (I did it several times), I'd go into it knowing that it will serve as some sort of debugging material.
Here are my hardware specs, please ask for more if needed.
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pavel@lenovo:~$ inxi -Fxz System: Host: lenovo Kernel: 3.13.0-24-generic x86_64 (64 bit, gcc: 4.8.2) Desktop: N/A Distro: Linux Mint 17 Qiana Machine: System: LENOVO product: 20324 version: Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 10 Mobo: LENOVO model: MELON version: 31900042Std Bios: LENOVO version: 93CN19WW date: 11/07/2013 CPU: Quad core Intel Pentium CPU N3510 (-MCP-) cache: 1024 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 16000.6 Clock Speeds: 1: 498.00 MHz 2: 498.00 MHz 3: 830.00 MHz 4: 498.00 MHz Graphics: Card: Intel ValleyView Gen7 bus-ID: 00:02.0 X.Org: 1.15.1 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: email@example.com GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Bay Trail GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 10.1.3 Direct Rendering: Yes Audio: Card: Intel ValleyView High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k3.13.0-24-generic Network: Card-1: Qualcomm Atheros QCA9565 / AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter driver: ath9k bus-ID: 01:00.0 IF: wlan0 state: up mac: <filter> Card-2: Atheros usb-ID: 0cf3:3004 IF: N/A state: N/A speed: N/A duplex: N/A mac: N/A Drives: HDD Total Size: 500.1GB (36.8% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: ST500LT012 size: 500.1GB Partition: ID: / size: 18G used: 12G (65%) fs: ext4 ID: /home size: 104G used: 39G (40%) fs: ext4 RAID: No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 45.0C mobo: N/A Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A Info: Processes: 184 Uptime: 1:07 Memory: 1163.2/3770.9MB Runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: 4.8.2 Client: Shell inxi: 1.8.4