I'm trying to install Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop on a Dell Precision T1600, however, I get a blank screen with only a blinking cursor in the top left hand corner (this is after the grey screen with the small Ubuntu logo at the bottom).

If I remove the Nvidia Quadro 2000 card and plug a monitor into the built-in VGA port, then the installation works fine.

Also, I've tried an Nvidia Quadro 2000D by PNY, but I get the same problem.

Has anyone installed Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop on a Dell Precision workstation?


I had the same issue. Reading other posts on older versions of Ubuntu on Dell's precision T1600 suggests that it may be an isue with the video card. This convinced me to try a different connection for my monitor (VGA cord instead of a DVI-D cord).

And it works. I don't fully understand why this is the case, but I am now running ubuntu from the CD and was able to successfully install it using the external VGA port.

  • Just installed ubunto 12.04 - 64 bit, so using the VGA port for my monitor fixed the issue. – billyziege Jun 21 '12 at 20:37

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