You might think this is duplicate, but it's not. I've searched all around the Internet and never found a solution.
I might be a total Linux newbie (although I've been using Ubuntu and Fedora for 3 years), but this just can't be normal.
I have this old PC, unknown chipset, unknown graphic card (I know it makes things harder). I only know it runs with a Pentium IV processor and 512mb of RAM. I decided to rescue that dinosaur in order to use it in my business place and install Lubuntu 13.10. Once it was running Ubuntu 10.10, but really slow (Window$ like).

When I installed 10.10, I had a lot of trouble installing with the live CD and alternate CD and DVD... the only one that worked for me was the minimal ISO. And yes, I've tried this My computer boots to a black screen, what options do I have to fix it? but anyway it didn't work. When updating to Lubuntu 13.10 (because LXDE is my one of my best shots), I had LOTS of trouble.

I used again the minimal CD and it worked after 10 times I tried. Once installed (I had never installed Lubuntu, so I went with "minimal installation"; and before in my virtual machine everything went great, even though I had to install LXDE manually because it booted as a terminal).

But my headacher old machine decided to cause more problems after install. Every time I boot, a blinking black screen comes out with the cursor.

closed as unclear what you're asking by Eliah Kagan, Tim, user117103, Warren Hill, bain Aug 3 '14 at 13:16

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    You said you tried this question. But there's a lot of information there. If you're still having this problem, I recommend expanding your question to explain in detail exactly what troubleshooting steps and attempted fixes you tried, and exactly what happened. – Eliah Kagan Aug 1 '14 at 0:54

I have only been on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS for around 12 months and it was my first time to Linux so I am definitely not an expert.

I understand this post is about 10.10 however my recent post for the same problem I was having in 12.04 LTS (One solution to black screen with flashing cursor on reboot in 12.04 LTS) may help as it ended up being an issue in the BIOS settings.

I'm not sure if your machine has the same "USB device boot priority" setting in the BIOS but it may be worth looking at or looking into the Boot Priority in the BIOS if you haven't already done so.


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