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I have many trouble installing Ubuntu Gnome 13.04 (the same holds for Ubuntu 12.04) on my new desktop PC which I will describe in the following.


  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4570
  • Mainboard: Gigabyte GA-H87-HD3
  • RAM: 8GB G.Skill 1333MHz CL9
  • Graphics Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 OC
  • HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1000GB

Problems / what I have done so far

  1. I installed Ubuntu Gnome 13.04 next to my Windows 7 partition via Ubuntu live USB
    • Problem: Grub did not load. Instead Windows 7 boots.
  2. I used Boot-Repair to install Grub correctly. Here is the output.
    • Problem: Grub loads and I can select Ubuntu for booting, but then my monitor turns off and nothing happens.
  3. I replaced the Grub boot parameters "quiet splash" by "text nomodeset"
    • Problem: Ubuntu boots, but X does not start. Instead, I get access to the shell.
  4. I executed "apt-get dist-upgrade", installed "nvidia-current" and the Ubuntu mainline kernels "v3.5-quantal" and "v3.10-saucy" for testing.
    • Problem: nothing changed.
  5. I tried running "startx" and "service gdm start".
    • Problem: Ubuntu freezes completely.

I have no idea what to do now, because Ubuntu does not show any error at booting. It just does not finish booting.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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we need some logs I guess. I'd start from /var/log/Xorg.0.log – Cubiq Aug 16 '13 at 10:40
@Cubiq: Thank you for your fast response! I am currently at work, so I will provide logs when I come home in a few hours. – Dune Aug 16 '13 at 10:46
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After writing this question, I found this related thread from which mine seems to be a duplicate of. Sorry for this! Fortunately the solution which has been presented there (turning off the Intel graphics card) also works for me, so finally I can boot Ubuntu.

Thank you for your interest!

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