After updating to Ubuntu 13.04 (from 12.04) I've got a blackscreen at boot. The machine is running fine as I hear the startup sound to enter my password, I just don't see anything.

I started using GRUB mode and nomodeset, everything is working then but the machine is extremely slow (not usable).

Sounds like there is a problem with the integrated intel graphics driver in Ubuntu 13.04 (64-bit).

Does anyone have a solution to my problem?

  • sure you have only intel graphics? post result of lspci | grep VGA – Web-E May 5 '13 at 13:42
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    lspci | grep VGA gives as result "intel corporation mobile 945 gse express integrated graphics controller (rev 03)" – Westra May 5 '13 at 18:22
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    PERMANENT FIX: 1. Update kernel to 3.9.3; ubuntukiller.com/2013/05/… 2. Update BCM4312 driver following this guide: mindwerks.net/2012/06/… – Westra May 25 '13 at 0:38
  • if you own a hp530 don't update to 3.9.3 or you will find this bug: askubuntu.com/questions/300000/…; I updated to 3.9.6 and is fine now – pragmatic_programmer Jul 4 '13 at 16:17
  • Updating the kernal to 3.9.6 (and then applying the BCM4312 drivers patch described above) fixed all my problems! Problem solved! – Westra Jul 12 '13 at 19:23

Try to update kernel 3.9. Boot on recovery mode, open the terminal and use this commands:

cd /tmp
wget http://dl.dropbox.com/u/47950494/upubuntu.com/kernel-3.9 -O kernel-3.9
chmod +x kernel-3.9
sudo sh kernel-3.9
sudo reboot

PS: I have a hp 530 too and it works ;)

  • I've updated the kernel to 3.9 but then my WiFi is gone. So the hard choice is: - Kernel 3.8: not able to use the computer (black screen) - Kernel 3.9: not able to use internet (no wifi) Is there a solution to make both the screen and wifi work? – Westra May 7 '13 at 17:56

OP's answer:

After researching quite some time I found the solution.

  1. Update to kernel 3.9.3; http://www.ubuntukiller.com/2013/05/how-to-updateupgradeinstall-linux.html#.UaAIIOcW0jN
  2. Patch the BCM4312 drivers afterwards (be sure to download the file before the kernel upgrade as your internet is gone after the upgrade); http://www.mindwerks.net/2012/06/wireless-bcm4312-with-the-3-4-and-3-5-kernel/

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