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I find that sometimes when I install Ubuntu 11, I get a blank screen with a blinking cursor... what's wrong?

Following this answer

  • Press shift during boot
  • e to edit entry (quiet splash to text)
  • F10 to boot
  • got black screen without cursor

Then tried from another answer

  • replace quiet splash to xforcevesa (what does this do?)
  • got same blank screen without cursor

Then I tried boot into recovery, then update GRUB entries. That works, but when I restart, I'm back to square one.

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

Try editing the boot entry and placing "nomodeset" (without the quotes) as an option.

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ok, so thats works somewhat but I get – Jiew Meng May 22 '11 at 7:27
Also, I notice that once I install a GUI (lxde lxdm xserver-xorg) it boots ok. Any ideas? – Jiew Meng May 26 '11 at 14:23

I too had this blank screen issue for my encrypted LVM setup. I found out that grub was installed on my usb installation drive instead of my hard disk. After re-installing grub onto my disk, I no longer get the blank screen. See my adventures here.

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