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Problem is that if loaded "normally" it gets to the desktop screen and then blacks out. I have tried many of the suggested fixes on the net but to no avail and my system is only stable when I start it in recovery mode and then it's fine. I am not a linux expert, just a competent Ubuntu user for many years. System is running VESA: Intel(r)Q33/Q35/G33 Graphics. Any help appreciated

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I don't know the reason why, but I will show what I did and solved the problem:

  1. Start Additional Drivers Application
  2. Check NVIDIA legacy binary driver version 304.117 from nvidia-304 (proprietary, tested) button.
  3. Restart

and that's OK!

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  • The nVidia driver is definitely not going to help with OP's Intel graphics adapter, but using jockey (the “additional drivers application”) is a good idea. – David Foerster Sep 15 '14 at 19:02

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