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I have upgraded my wifes netbook (Novatech X10) from 10.04 to 12.04 and hit the same problem I had with 11.04 and 11.10 with the blank screen on boot. I can fix this by adding the nomodeset option to grub but this seems to make the graphics experience slightly worse (it does not seem as clear) also the web browsers Firefox/Chrome do not render the screen width correctly.

Currently I am working around it by not setting nomodeset` and telling my wife to close the lid after boot and reopen it (the screen then works) but she is complaining about this and wishing "I had not messed with it"

Any ideas at all?

lspci shows the controller as intel Corporation N10 Family Integrated Graphics Controller" I have not installed any other drivers, and the additional drivers search did not find any.

Thanks Andi

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please add details of your graphics card (lspci | grep VGA) - as well as any graphics drivers you might have installed through the Additional Drivers window. Thanks! –  fossfreedom May 5 '12 at 10:54
    
Hiya, Not sure if my last update worked but it is "intel Corporation N10 Family Integrated Graphics Controller" I have not installed any other drivers, and the additional drivers search did not find any. –  user60638 May 8 '12 at 20:29
    
if you have intel graphics, you could/should try i915.modeset=0 or i915.modeset=1 instead of nomodeset. Give this a try. Remember - edit your original question with any useful info such as your graphics comment above. thanks. –  fossfreedom May 8 '12 at 20:45
    
Hiya, I tried the two settings, and they seemed to have the same effect as setting nomodeset or not setting it. The =0 seemed to stretc the screen in the same way as setting nomodeset and the =1 had the same issue with the blank screen. Thankd for your help so far! –  user60638 May 10 '12 at 9:29
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