When I switch on my laptop, it boots and goes into blinking stage. Keyboard and mouse work.

After do a force shutdown using power button and boot again, this problem is gone and it boots normally.

I did boot-repair and it didn't help me either. Or is this a common bug in 18.04

Any suggestions about installing ubuntu-desktop again as suggested here?

I did a version upgrade from Ubuntu 16.04 to 18.04. My Laptop is hp with AMD-A6 and Readon-R4 graphics.

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    I'm having the exact same problem. I'm not certain what it is, but I've found a good workaround. I turned off the splash screen and so far it's helped me. Here's a link that describes how to turn off your splash screen. I hope it helps! askubuntu.com/questions/248/… – Pita May 13 '18 at 16:50
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    I am also having the same problem when I boot with the default ubuntu version, however if I click on the option that allows me to choose the ubuntu version, and choose an earlier version then it runs fine. After booting with the earltier version, if I "restart" (instead of power of and then swithcing it on) and boot with default version then the problem does not occur. I did not have this problem when I initially upgraded to 18.04 but the problem started after one of the software upgrades. I have AMD (Hp laptop) with Readon-R4 graphics. – neelanshu Apr 11 '19 at 8:47

If you happen to have an AMD graphics card, try the solution proposed in this answer:

I solved it myself by using amdgpu.dc=0 as a boot parameter.

To do this, edit the file /etc/default/grub, for example using

sudoedit /etc/default/grub

Find the line beginning GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT and add the text amdgpu.dc=0 between the double quotes (""). Leave any other parameters as they are. For example, you may end up with a line like this:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash amdgpu.dc=0"

Save the file and exit, and then run

sudo update-grub

to write the configuration, and reboot.


While the Ubuntu screen was flickering I hit cntl-alt-del and it rebooted and when to the boot screen to select an OS. I selected Ubuntu and it booted without problems.


The easiest way is to:

  1. Boot your Linux in ("Recovery Mode")
  2. After going into Recovery mode, select "Update GRUB"
  3. Press ENTER on "UPDATE GRUB"
  4. Reboot

Worked for me, I had a blinking screen on my Ubuntu 18.04 with Intel graphics, but as long as you are on X drivers (by default and recommended strongly - by my opinion) you'll be fine, if not please let me know there is a way around. But, as I said, these 3-4 steps will resolve your issue with blinking splash/ boot screen when "Ubuntu is loading".

Thank you.

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