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My computer boots to a black screen, what options do I have to fix it?

I downloaded Ubuntu Desktop 12.04 LTS from the Ubuntu website and ran the windows installer. It seems like the install completed successfully but when I tried to boot into Ubuntu I just get a blank screen after I select Ubuntu (as opposed to windows). I am guessing my display configuration is not supported but I'm not sure. Is there a way to have the windows installer get the correct drivers for me? I tried a redhat CD and had the same issue.

I have an Nvidia Geforce GTX 460 v2 and I am using the HDMI output to go to a samsung display.

I used an easy sbf linux boot cd to flash an andriod phone and it did not have any problems displaying the simple text in the console mode.


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marked as duplicate by Jorge Castro, hexafraction, Eliah Kagan, jokerdino, Anwar Shah Oct 1 '12 at 17:37

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Holding shift before starting up allowed me to go into recovery mode and install the proper drivers. – Kynrek Feb 24 '13 at 20:53

Try choosing nomodeset from the grub menu before you choose Ubuntu to boot. It's under the menu on the bottom right (under F6 I think)

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It looks like the windows installer uses the windows boot menu instead of grub :( – Kynrek Jul 29 '12 at 22:51
If I understand correctly, then you should be able to re-install grub by booting off the Ubuntu live CD. I am no expert on the exact procedure, but there's plenty of examples around, just do a quick search. – Jazz Jul 29 '12 at 23:12

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