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I've tried 6 different distros and I can't find anything that's stable with the G505 with AMD's a4-5000 kabini processor.

In BOIS I have disabled secure boot, set OS to other, enabled SVM but left UEFI enabled.

Ubuntu 13.10 throws hwdb not found errors but seems to boot, then goes the screen goes black and only indication that anything is happening is the power button

Any help at all would be greatly appreciated, I've been trying to get some form of distro installed on this Win8 machine for 2 days now. The closest I've gotten is Fedora 20 boots to live usb but freezes after a minute or so.

  • And, what happens if you use the Legacy BIOS instead of UEFI? – K7AAY Jan 3 '14 at 21:48
  • I'm trying to avoid using the legacy BIOS in case it causes issues with dual-booting windows 8. I'll test later for the sake of completion – LiamRyan Jan 3 '14 at 22:29
  • 12.04 on UEFI boots but X crashes, I've tried installing radeon drivers but no luck. Will update on non UEFI later today – LiamRyan Jan 4 '14 at 14:45
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There are numerous existing "black screen on boot" questions and answers on this site, such as:

Unfortunately, this problem has multiple causes, so a solution for one computer may not work for another. Two particularly common solutions are to add nomodeset as a kernel option (using GRUB or whatever other boot loader you're using) and to hit the screen brightness key to bring up the brightness (which sometimes comes up completely dimmed). FWIW, my new Lenovo has the latter issue, but compiling a 3.12.6 kernel from source code fixed it. (I did this to get Wi-Fi working, but it had the side benefit of fixing the black-screen glitch.)

  • Accepting as answer for 13.10, I've actually gotten 12.04 to boot with some minor issues with UEFI, I'll post a how-to in the wiki once I sort the issues – LiamRyan Jan 5 '14 at 12:48

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