So I installed Ubuntu 13.10 as the primary OS on my laptop. I installed Windows 8 in another partition and set up GRUB to be the boot loader. Eventually I updated Windows and it became a black screen so I reinstalled Windows in that partition. Somehow doing this removed Windows from GRUB's menu and so I tried to reinstall GRUB which I had a little trouble doing. I tried it a few different ways, one of them was booting from a LiveCD and involved mounting and unmounting things (did this pretty much blindly as I don't have a lot of the know how). That didn't work but I came across the standard boot-repair program and it worked fine.

The big problem I have no is that Ubuntu does not load after selecting it from GRUB. It just hangs at a black screen. When I select recovery mode, it goes to the menu. When I resume the normal boot, it reads out:

Ubuntu 13.10 Denjay-Laptop tty1

Denjay-Laptop login:_

With a flashing underscore. After a few seconds it then adds to that line initct1: Event failed

I also checked all the file systems with the recovery mode and with a LiveCD and nothing was anomalous on that end. I've also gone through updating GRUB so I think something wrong post-GRUB if that makes sense.

I heard that it might be a video card problem so I tried nomodeset which still resulted in a black screen. One user had too many drivers installed on their card and they input dpkg --get-selections nvidia-* to show their drivers. My laptop has "amd a8 3520m apu with radeon tm hd graphics" and I'm not sure what the driver package name for that is. So what should I replace nvidia with for to get the driver?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Your Answer

By clicking "Post Your Answer", you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy, and that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.