I recently dual booted my Windows 8 with Ubuntu 13.04 64-bit on EFI.

I followed the standard procedure and did boot-repair in the end.

Now, when I choose Ubuntu option from the grub menu, all I get is a black screen. Also ,if I now try to reinsert my Pen Drive (UEFI), and try to boot from it, I get a black screen again. What can the possible issue be?

  • I had similar problems when I configured Ubuntu 12.04 LTS / Window 8.1. I have posted the issues and solutions here. Hope these suggestion will help you. Good luck Jan 9, 2014 at 14:02
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    Well this would help if I could open the Ubuntu gui/terminal which I am unable to
    – Ranveer
    Jan 9, 2014 at 14:40
  • You sure you can boot from the pendrive?
    – Braiam
    Jan 9, 2014 at 15:17

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It sounds like you need to tweak your kernel boot parameters. One of these three should enable the system to bypass some hangups that are happening and let you boot.

noacpi acpi_osi=linux nomodeset

To change boot parameters:

  1. As the machine is booting up, hold SHIFT until you get to the GNU Grub menu.
  2. Select the most recent Ubuntu kernel and press e to edit options.
  3. Find the line starting with 'linux' and scroll to the end of it after 'quiet splash'
  4. Press space and enter noacpi and/or acpi_osi=linux at the end of the line.
    • If neither works go with nomodeset

If you run into any problems these links should help. They contain more detailed info about:

  • Didn't work. :(
    – Ranveer
    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:53
  • @Ranveer What didn't work? Did you try all three options? What happened? Any changes?
    – Steelsouls
    Jan 10, 2014 at 17:54
  • @Ranveer Also you might want to try checking out SuperGrubDisk if none of the boot options are helping.
    – Steelsouls
    Jan 10, 2014 at 17:56

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