I have installed Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS on an Asus Eee PC 1005PE machine. After the first install, I can't start the notebook in the normal mode. Once selected, the screen turns the color of the login screen background (could almost be mistaken for black, but slightly purplish-red) and then ultimately turns black. No response to any key combinations.

But if I start in the recovery mode and simply do a normal boot from the list, it loads just fine. Any suggestions on troubleshooting this? I have the latest updates installed from the default repositories.


Okay, figured it out. I knew as soon as I posted something I'd find the obvious solution:

I updated the BIOS to the latest version and everything works a lot better.

A tip to make it easiest so you don't waste your time downloading helper apps:

  1. Download the .ROM file to a USB drive formatted as FAT16. Rename the file 1005P.ROM (or the appropriate model for your ASUS)

  2. When booting the ASUS, hold down Alt+F2.

  3. It will search for a USB drive and the appropriate file and take care of the rest.

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