Just installed Ubuntu 12.04, but when i'm trying to boot desktop in normal mode screen turns black, just black (like turned off), but when I'm trying to boot in secure mode top half of screen start twitch and flick, bottom is black. How can I solve this problem? Netbook Acer Aspire One 751h | Intel GMA500


I've installed a "fresh" Ubuntu 12.04 in my Acer Aspire One 751H, and I've the same problem.

Follow the steps to fix the issue:

  • Open your Terminal - Ctrl + Alt + F1

  • Restart X:

    sudo service lightdm restart
  • Open /etc/default/grub:

    gksu gedit /etc/default/grub

    and change



    GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet console=tty1 acpi_backlight=vendor acpi_osi=Linux acer_wmi.blacklist=yes mem=1920mb"

Now it should work.

Source: Ubuntu Wiki and Bodhizazen Blog


This is a known compatibility issue with 12.04 and some restricted graphics drivers. The most likely cause is a


file that remained after the upgrade. Try booting into the 11.10 Live CD and disabling any proprietary drivers, which should fix it. Hope this helps!


just press button Fn+Left arrow or Right arrow while booting starts and that's it ! if its for acer laptop


I had exactly the same issue on an Alienware M18x (2 x ATI cards in there). Using the above answer (thanks to fjt) I booted to recovery mode, enabled networking (which re-mounts the filesystems for you in r/w mode) and dropped to a root prompt.

I edited (using vi) /boot/grub/grub.cfg and changed the linux /vmlinux- to add on the end, "acpi_backlight=vendor acpi_osi=Linux" (ignore the quotes)

Saved and rebooted. All kicked into life for me. I do have a long standing issue where on shutdown it hangs so I have to force it down, but other than this all is ok.


Look at:


this works for my Dell Mini!


Using Xubuntu 12.04 on an Acer Aspire One 751h (1 GB RAM) the solution

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet console=tty1 acpi_backlight=vendor acpi_osi=Linux acer_wmi.blacklist=yes mem=896mb"

Worked fine for me.

  1. Edit GRUB as root using your favourite editor eg. in a terminal sudo joe /etc/default/grub

  2. Change the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT to the above string

  3. Save, sudo update-grub and reboot.

Contains the solution from Bodhizazen.com

  • Your kind words are appreciated. My intention was not to get my entry up or down, but thru to the interested ubuntu user with the same type of computer and problem. I am surprised finding myself on the wrong side by just sharing information others sparing a reasonable time of fiddling with parameters. – UbuntuSane Feb 8 '13 at 22:42

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