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When trying to boot and install Ubuntu 13.04 32 Bit Desktop edition, I am presented with a black screen. I have verified my ISOs md5sum, and have tried multiple flash drives. No combination of xforcevesa, acpi=off, and nomodeset have made any determinable difference.

The target, is slightly unique. The Kontron COMe-mSP1 is a low-power small form factor x86 PC, with an expansion board with USB, Gigabit ethernet, and a MicroSD card slot.

System: http://us.kontron.com/nano

Processor: http://ark.intel.com/products/35463

System Controller: http://ark.intel.com/products/35444/Intel-SCH-US15W

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Unfortunately the support for this hardware is extremely limited on Linux. There are several drivers, but all lack certain basic features, such as future and current maintenance or support for suspend and hardware acceleration.

Currently, the best supported driver for Ubuntu is gma500_gfx.

Also:

Ubuntu 12.10 +

No workarounds should be required, however, upgrading from 12.04 is not recommended because of general UI sluggishness.

From: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/HardwareSupportComponentsVideoCardsPoulsbo which your unit has according to: http://us.kontron.com/nano

Maybe it's just generally slow and you don't see the difference because it takes too long to get an image, or drawing times out?

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