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I build a new system with a Core i5-4570S CPU and I use the internal graphics card.

I can Install Ubuntu 13.04 without problem and everything seems to work fine, but during boot and when I turn the PC off I see some really strange colors on the screen, kind of blue and the colors seem to be moving.

Do I have to worry about this? Once I am in the Unity/Gnome Desktop this does not occur.

The card seem to be recognised:

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Haswell Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 06)

I am using this kernel:

3.8.0-30-generic #44-Ubuntu SMP Thu Aug 22 20:52:24 UTC 2013 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

The second problem just came up. I did an update today, there was a new kernel. After this update the machine does not show the lightdm login screen, just a blinking cursor. When I do Ctrl+Alt+F2 and restart lightdm it gives me the login screen.

What can I do? Do you need more info?

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It seems to be your graphics card problem. The graphics card driver doesn't match with your newest kernel. Give it a try first, if it doesn't work then I will suggest you to install latest graphics card driver:

Try to reconfigure lightdm, it may fix your issue

  • When blank screen appears the pressCTRL+ALT+F1 to go to tty1, login and execute following commands:

    sudo dpkg-reconfigre lightdm
  • Then chose lightdm from the list.

  • Restart your system:

    sudo reboot now

It may fix your issue. If doesn't fix then follow 2nd Method.

Method 2:

Installing a new display manager can fix your problem. Steps to install GDM(a display manager much like lightdm):

  • Again when black screen appears CTRL+ALT+F1 then login and execute following commands:

    sudo apt-get install gdm
    sudo dpkg-reconfigure lightdm

    then chose gdm from the list. And restart your system:

    sudo reboot now

Installing/Updating Latest graphics driver for Intel

  • Open a terminal and execute following commands:

    sudo apt-get install intel-linux-graphics-installer

    if it says something: package not found then go to Update section below and execute this command again.

  • Once installed open it from dash and follow on screen instruction to update your graphics driver.
  • Thats all. It would update/install your graphics driver to a newer version.


Run these commands to get latest version of Intel-Linux-Graphics-Installer

    wget --no-check-certificate -O - | \

    sudo apt-key add -

    wget --no-check-certificate -O - | \

    sudo apt-key add -

    sudo apt-get update

Hope these methods solve your issue. Reply for further assistance.

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Hello, that did fix the loginscreen problem. big thnx How can I update the graphicscard driver? Do I have to install a new kernel, what is the safest way to get a new kernel? greetings – Rupertt Sep 5 '13 at 18:44
Sounds good.. Since you are using Ubuntu 13.04 you can use Intel-Linux-Graphics-Installer a software from Intel which updates your Intel Graphics Driver very easily. I am editing my answer and describing how can you install.. Once it solves your issue, just mark my answer as solved so that it would help others to find their solution. – Saurav Kumar Sep 5 '13 at 18:50
check for my answer.. Reply if something goes wrong. – Saurav Kumar Sep 5 '13 at 19:02
Hello, i got a bit experimental and just downloaded the latest version from because i couldnt find that pacakge. It seems to work fine, i have to do a second reboot. do I have to add a extra repo for this package? I still have these strange graphics while reboot/shutdown :(. – Rupertt Sep 5 '13 at 19:08
I didn't get you? What did you download Intel-Linux-Graphics-Installer .deb file? Did you follow my steps precisely? Did you follow the steps in Update section? – Saurav Kumar Sep 5 '13 at 19:12

Last Option that you can give a try

  • Open terminal(CTRL+ALT+T) and execute these commands:

    sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.back

    if this command says file not available then not a problem. Proceed further..

    sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

    when editor opens copy following code and paste on the editor:

    Section "Device"
    Identifier "Configured Video Device"
    Driver "intel"
    Section "Monitor"
    Identifier "Configured Monitor"
    Section "Screen"
    Identifier "Default Screen"
    Monitor "Configured Monitor"
    Device "Configured Video Device"

    Save(CTRL+S) and close(CTRL+Q) and execute following:

    sudo dpkg-reconfigure $(dpkg -l | awk '{print $2}'|grep "^xserver"|tr '\n' ' ')
    sudo update-initramfs -u
  • Then finally restart your computer.

    sudo reboot

Hope this last option works for you.. If you get any time of error, just remove /etc/X11/xorg.conf file and restart your system again.

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sorry, still the same. would a kernel update help, maybe? is it safe to do this?… – Rupertt Sep 6 '13 at 6:19
Did you get any error at any stage of the procedure? – Saurav Kumar Sep 6 '13 at 6:20
no i did not see any errors – Rupertt Sep 6 '13 at 6:21
Yes, you can any new kernel you want.. Read My Post for more information of Kernel Update. – Saurav Kumar Sep 6 '13 at 6:22
k, i try that after work. can I just use the latest version? – Rupertt Sep 6 '13 at 6:26

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