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I decided that I wanted Ubuntu 13.04 on my computer. I had previously installed 12.10 LTS, and it worked right out of the box with no problems.

Later got bored of it, then formatted the entire drive blank. I let it blank for ~ 2 months. Then, I decided to install Ubuntu 13.10.

I burned it to my USB flash drive, using Universal USB Installer. The burn process was completed successfully.

Then I booted it successfully. I went into live CD mode to install Ubuntu from it. I selected install and it was pretty much straight forward by then. After the successful install with no errors whatsoever I clicked to reboot my system. I took out the flash drive, then booted. It loaded successfully to the GRUB Menu.

But when I choose to boot Ubuntu, it just goes to a blank purple screen. It stays like that forever. You may ask me to check the recovery mode and type some commands right?

  • When I select to boot from ubuntu in recovery mode it also does a blank purple screen. - I try booting the memory test. Also a purple screen.
  • I try to type nomodeset on the gfxmode line, still purple screen on Ctrl+X. I type nomodeset on the quiet splash line, still boots purple screen.
  • I remove quiet splash and do the same, still purple screen.
  • I tried reinstalling multiple times, the last Ubuntu version that my PC last worked on is 12.10 and 12.04. Once I install 13.04 same results as described above. 13.10 and 13.04 don't work at. They both exactly have the above mentioned symptoms.

I don't know what to do next to fix this error. I can't run recovery or pretty much anything. I request some help on my problem.

How to fix this?

My system specs are as follows :

Inspiron 15r N5010
4gb ram
Intel HD Graphics
Intel core i5 Quad core
@ 2.53 ghz

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Oh and btw, I am a starting to use ubuntu. So I may not understand where to put things/codes/commands/files. So please in detail explain. Thank you very much in advanced. – baboomerang Nov 5 '13 at 22:55

I will try to answer the last question because I had a similar experience when I was trying to install Ubuntu 13.10 at my new notebook. And I got a valuable lesson from this case.

First of all, we should understand that notebook produced over 2010 or 2011 comes with UEFI, that affects to installation of Ubuntu 13.04 or 13.10.

Second, make sure that you have downloaded uncorrupted installer, check the integrity size.

The differences in installation steps are:

  1. When installing Ubuntu, I usually choose Something else partition.

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  2. Then I divide partition into 4 or more parts depend on our need. The basic partitions are: /boot, /, /swap, and /home partition.

  3. The most important and critical things in this installation are:


you should add efi bootloader partition

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after make partitions, don't forget to choose where GRUB will be installed, choose from Device for Boot Loader Installation drop-down box. It should be the same place where Ubuntu System was installed.

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The next step is the same as previous version of Ubuntu.

Hope it helps you...

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