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

I installed Ubuntu 10.04 desktop AMD 64 on a PC running Windows 7 and the dual booting worked just fine, but "something" happened. Now, When choosing Ubuntu at start-up, only a blank screen appears. Since the graphics card is Nvidia (GPU processor: GeForce 6150SE nForce 430 Driver version: 186.55), I hoped the following steps from another post would help:

If your graphics card is Nvidia, follow these steps: In the GRUB menu at startup, press "e"; then Use the arrow keys to replace quiet splash with no splash or nomodeset. Then press the CTRL+X key combination to boot.

There is no "quiet splash" text to edit. I tried adding "no splash" as the final line, but upon "CTRL-X", the system booted into Windows, which is the default.

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marked as duplicate by Uri Herrera, fabricator4, Javier Rivera, fossfreedom Dec 19 '12 at 21:49

This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question.

"Nomodeset" is the one I've had most luck with.

Try again with "nomodeset" and not "no splash". And don't replace anything, just type it in at the end of the row.

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