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I installed Ubuntu 12.04 on my laptop, and am now trying to get it to run. In the grub menu, if I load it normally, all I get is a black screen. In order for it to boot successfully, I have to edit the menu item and add 'nomodeset'. With this, Ubuntu boots up.

Is there a fix for this, so that I don't have to constantly add the nomodeset? I tried to install the proprietary drivers but I still had the same problem.

My laptop specs are:

Intel Core i5-2410M (2.30GHz, Dual-Core)
750GB HDD 7200rpm
AMD Radeon HD 6630 1GB

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You can edit the default grub boot options by typing in the terminal:

gksudo gedit /etc/default/grub 

Look for the line:


and add nomodeset to the end:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash nomodeset"

That way you won't have to keep adding it. Then after saving changes and quitting the editor, type in the terminal:

sudo update-grub

to update your grub configuration.

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Ah thanks Chan-Ho Suh, forgot the update-grub! – labarna Apr 30 '12 at 2:08
I had exactly the same problem and used this work-around as well. However, in this case my second screen is not detected anymore. I describe the problem here. Is there any fix for that? – Cleb Jun 2 '15 at 17:15

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