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When installing a standard Ubuntu 10.04 system on my system, I have to use i915.modeset=0 xforcevesa when beginning the installation. I tried doing the same for a command line installation so I could have a base system and install lxde later, it doesn't work, i.e. if I don't use i915.modeset=0 xforcevesa, after booting, it just shows a blank screen. I get the same with a command line system plus lxde, i.e. a blank screen.

So my question is, where do I have to enter i915.modeset=0 xforcevesa after installing a command line install plus lxde?

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If you are doing a minimal install, you will need to install the X packages yourself prior to installing the desktop of your choice.

Thus, the key packages are xorg, xserver-xorg-core together with the video driver of your choice.

If you are just testing, my suggestion would be to install xserver-xorg-input-all for all the possible input devices together with xserver-xorg-video-all for all the open-source video-drivers.

Install these packages first, together with the GRUB entries quiet i915.modeset=0 xforcevesa to allow the GUI to display correctly.

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I would prefer to install only install the required stuff only. How would I figure out which input device I need and which video driver I need? – oshirowanen Feb 1 '12 at 19:13
... try installing all the stuff first to confirm that it is a driver issue first. If you install both input-all and video-all together with i915.modeset=0 and xforcevesa and you still get a black screen then we are looking for another solution. – fossfreedom Feb 1 '12 at 19:20
Done, and I have discovered that i915.modeset=1 is what I need, i915.modeset=0 gives a blank screen and xforcevesa also works, but without any desktop effects. Tested this using the standard ubuntu live cd. After which I installed a base install and edited the grub file by adding i915.modeset=1 and i can get into slim and lxde. I will start a new question about the input-all and video-all. Thanks for the help. – oshirowanen Feb 2 '12 at 10:41
ok - its definitely the intel driver (xserver-xorg-video-intel) you need to install together with xorg and xserver-xorg-core. All the possible xserver-xorg-video stuff you could individually install is linked here:… – fossfreedom Feb 2 '12 at 10:50

Using any editor, open /etc/default/grub

# Graphical 
gksu gedit /etc/default/grub

# Command line
sudo -e /etc/default/grub

In your case, you may need to boot to recovery mode.

Look for the line


and add in those options

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”quiet i915.modeset=0 xforcevesa console=tty1”

I personally would remove the splash, up to you.

Then update grub

sudo update-grub

I think you are affected by this bug :

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I'm still getting a blank screen. – oshirowanen Jan 22 '12 at 20:59
Have you looked at something like:… ? – arochester Jan 30 '12 at 10:54
I updated my answer, try adding console=tty1 as well, see the bug report I referenced. – bodhi.zazen Jan 30 '12 at 13:19

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