When I tried to install Ubuntu from the live CD start menu, the screen became black with just a blinking cursor. I rebooted the PC and I chose the option acpi=off. Then the installer started and Ubuntu installed whitout problems.

But when I reboot the PC now after the installation was complete the screen goes black again. I am new in the use of Ubuntu.


2 Answers 2


Please add acpi=off to the kernel command line -- it's just slightly different than doing it with the LiveCD:

  1. Press the Shift when booting up, to get the Grub menu. Use the arrow keys to navigate/highlight the entry you want (usually the first one).

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  2. Press e to edit that entry, which will show you the details:

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  3. Find the linux entry as shown above, use the arrow keys to get to it, and then press the End key to get to that line's end (which may be on the next line!). Enter acpi=off as shown, and press Ctrl+X to boot.

  4. You can make this workaround permanent by:

    • sudo nano /etc/default/grub
    • Change line GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash" to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash acpi=off"
    • Ctrl-X, press Y and then Enter to save and exit.
    • sudo update-grub
    • Reboot and you should no longer have the black screen problem.

See also:

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    This might be a noob question but are there any potential long term implications to running the system like this? I only know that ACPI relates to power, could running with ACPI disabled make the fans not work or make the computer fail to realise when the battery is low, for example?
    – Aidy J
    Oct 23, 2018 at 17:39

Use Boot-Repair's Advanced options to add acpi=off (or any other kernel option) to your GRUB in 1 click. It will also provide a BootInfo summary if you need more help.

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See also: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BootOptions#Changing_boot_options_Permanently_for_an_Existing_Installation

  • after disabling acpi, wifi and ethernet are not working and interfaces are not listing at all. I am using MSI GE62 with Ubuntu 15.04.
    – Chandana
    Apr 9, 2016 at 5:01
  • As Boot-Repair is not an official Ubuntu package, this is a not good solution. Nov 18, 2018 at 16:22
  • I don't see how it's not a good solution only because of this. Boot-repair is widely used and doesn't mess things if used with advanced options. The solution shown here is simply a way to add a kernel option, nothing else.
    – Quidam
    Jun 9, 2020 at 5:30

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