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Ever since the installation of Ubuntu 12.10 on my laptop today it has been refusing to start Xorg when booting on occasions. Randomly it works but about 75% of the time it either gives me a black screen with login prompt or the fail safe mode, the latter being the most common.

Using Ctrl + Alt + F1 to go to a terminal like screen, I managed to crack open the /var/log/Xorg.0.log file on the "faulty" boot process. Here are some lines which look interesting to me:

(EE) intel(0): [drm] Failed to open DRM device for pci:0000:00:02.0: No such file or directory
(EE) intel(0): Failed to become DRM master.
(II) UnloadModule: "intel"
(EE) Screen(s) found, but none have a usable configuration.
Fatal server error:
no screens found

It is apparently loading the "vesa" driver package.

Specs of my laptop:

  • CPU: Intel Core i5 2450M
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • RAM: 8 GB DDR3
  • OS: Windows 8 + Ubuntu 12.10 (fully updated)

Any ideas? Any suggestions are very welcome, even if they don't work as expected.

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I've had the same issue, the first workaround described in ubuntu-lightdm-black-screen on solved it for me. Seems to be a timing issue with LightDM and mostly SSD's.

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Thank you! I forgot to mention that I am indeed using an SSD in my laptop. I'll try the suggestion in that blog and report back :) Thanks again! – Rick Kerkhof Mar 4 '13 at 18:55
Wow, just added that single line and everything works now... Amazing how my SSD is "too fast" for Ubuntu, lol. Thank you once more :) Do you think this will be fixed with 13.04 by default? – Rick Kerkhof Mar 4 '13 at 19:04
Whilst this may answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – guntbert Mar 4 '13 at 20:45
Tim, thanks. Maybe this will get fixed with the "upcoming" new window manager (if it's included in 13.04). We'll see :) – Rick Kerkhof Mar 4 '13 at 20:49

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