I found out that since my brand new Alienware M17xR3 laptop is running Intel Sandy Bridge, I have two options to get it to work:

  1. Run 11.04 which has experimental Sandy Bridge support in the kernel
  2. Disable nVidia Optimus if I want to use nvidia driver

Option 2 is not possible because there is no option in the BIOS even though I have already updated to the latest version from Dell's support site.

Thus, it comes to my question: my attempt to install 11.04 works until I have to reboot. After which all I see is a brief image of the Ubuntu logo with 5 dots. Then, the screen keeps flickering like crazy with different colors. How do I boot up my Ubuntu with a barebone, no frill so I can keep running apt-get upgrade every couple of days?


you need to edit your grub2 menu to boot into a console rather than auto-start the GUI.

I haven't fooled with 11.04 yet, but I think you need to edit /etc/default/grub as root to give you a terminal upon booting.

Try the instructions here: http://ubuntuguide.net/boot-into-consolecommand-line-when-startup-ubuntu-9-10 It's for an earlier version, but I think it uses grub2 also.

If you need to get to a command prompt so you can edit grub, download and burn the "ultimate boot CD", which has tomsrtbt on it.


It sounds like your problem can be solved much more simply by installing the kernel from the 11.04 repository.

http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v2.6.28/ or http://packages.ubuntu.com/natty/linux-image-2.6.38-8-generic

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