I found out that since my brand new Alienware M17xR3 laptop is running Intel Sandy Bridge, I have two options to get it to work:
- Run 11.04 which has experimental Sandy Bridge support in the kernel
- Disable nVidia Optimus if I want to use nvidia driver
Option 2 is not possible because there is no option in the BIOS even though I have already updated to the latest version from Dell's support site.
Thus, it comes to my question: my attempt to install 11.04 works until I have to reboot. After which all I see is a brief image of the Ubuntu logo with 5 dots. Then, the screen keeps flickering like crazy with different colors. How do I boot up my Ubuntu with a barebone, no frill so I can keep running
apt-get upgrade every couple of days?