my system is set up like this:
GIGABYTE AORUS GAMING 5 Z370 mobo
GTX 1660 Ti connected to 4K monitor
250GB NVMe: Windows 10
500GB NVMe: NTFS
120GB SSD: empty
120GB SSD: might be dead? should have ubuntu 20.04 installed on it, can't see it in BIOS or windows disk management
275GB SSD: empty
I have been trying to install ubuntu 20.04 from a USB drive (set up with RUFUS) to either of the empty SSDs, and having a hell of a time.
Originally, the issue appeared to be that (after selecting the USB drive for boot and arriving at the USB's grub2 menu) If I selected "Install Ubuntu", I would get kicked to a screen showing my mobo's logo, a "disk checking" progress bar, and a "ubuntu" wordmark at the bottom. Once the disk check finished, the progress bar disappears, and nothing further seems to happen -- I've left it like this overnight and nothing changes.
Next, I found that I could progress past the disk check freeze If I selected "Install Ubuntu (safe graphics)", and I would boot into the USB's OS and be able to install ubuntu. however, the installer would always crash when attempting to install third-party software, so I disabled that option and continued through a successful install.
However, now I cannot boot into my ubuntu installation at all. If I select the ubuntu drive from BIOS boot menu, The screen turns black immediately, everything freezes, and eventually my monitor goes to sleep.
- installing on both of the SSDs, with similar results
- creating the live USB stick on different computers with fresh .iso downloads
- BIOS update + complete BIOS reset
- Turning CSM support on and off in BIOS
- CSM=OFF allows me to access secure boot settings, where I always set secure boot to OFF. With these settings set, I am able to reach the GRUB2 screen when booting into my ubuntu drive, but immediately I get the AE_NOT_FOUND error. Here's a link to a picture of the error -- you can also notice some graphical glitching.
- CSM=ON: Black screen/freezing as described before
Could this be because of my graphics card? Do I need to somehow update the ubuntu nvidia drivers before ubuntu crashes?
Thanks in advance for looking at my problem!
UPDATE: I tried booting with CSM=ON, but this time I got into the TTY terminal using Ctrl+Alt+F2 (I kept pressing those buttons repeatedly after the initial BIOS screen disappeared). I was able to log in through this terminal. I then installed an Nvidia driver for my card using this command:
sudo apt-get install nvidia-driver-450
(As of the time of this question's posting, 450 is a relatively recent driver for my card)
I rebooted, and then I was able to get into ubuntu! so problem solved.. I guess? The only problem is that there's no GRUB menu at boot for me to switch between ubuntu and windows 10, so I guess this is my next issue to figure out...