Ubuntu 12.04 was released today, but it still can't boot normally with GMA500 graphics :(. It's a black screen and i need to go into text mode via Ctrl-Alt-F1 and restart desktop manager via "sudo service lightdm restart".

Is it any way to avoid this restarts every time OS boots?

  • I think the OP's question was how to boot a GMA500 system into a graphical environment without console juggling on boot, not how to arrive at the admin console without pressing Ctrl+Alt+F1. – user58165 Apr 29 '12 at 10:52

Yes, you should add 'console=tty1' to grub options.

To do that, run gksudo gedit /etc/default/grub find the line GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="", and change it to:


Lastly, update grub with sudo update-grub.

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The added line didn't work for me. Here's what did (from: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/HardwareSupportComponentsVideoCardsPoulsboAlternatives)...

Getting 1366x768 resolution

Create file /etc/grub.d/01_915resolution with lines

echo insmod 915resolution echo 915resolution 58 1366 768 32 and execute:

chmod +x /etc/grub.d/01_915resolution In file /etc/default/grub, assign value 1366x768x32 to variables GRUB_GFXMODE and GRUB_GFXPAYLOAD_LINUX:



sudo update-grub reboot, now you have 1366x768 resolution.


I already had that resolution, but with the added commands above I can now see the screen too.

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  • That's funny considering the 915resolution is not in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. The above don't change anything. Also keep in mind not all Poulsbo systems have 1366x768 resolution when changing things in /etc/default/grub. – MagicFab May 24 '12 at 16:36

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