I have been trying to install Ubuntu 14.04 alongside windows 8.1 from a bootable USB. I am new to using a Linux OS. I turned off fast boot option, and I left secure boot on (I also tried off, but then it's stuck on a blank screen rather than this). I have a Nvidia 880M if that is affecting anything.

I get stuck on this screen whether I choose "try Ubuntu without installing" or "install Ubuntu". This text is shown when I am stuck on the black screen.

boot output screenshot

  • Fastboot and Secure boot have to be off, secure boot is more critical to the system than fastboot.
    – Star OS
    Nov 7, 2015 at 7:53

1 Answer 1

  • Boot from USB drive and select Try Ubuntu without installing

  • Press "e" and add


    to the end of the linux line.

  • Press F10 - the Ubuntu USB installation media will boot without any issues now.

Recommendation to avoid running into the same problems with your new Ubuntu installation :

When rebooting after having finished the installation repeat the same procedure for starting the installed operating system -> ... select the Ubuntu entry from the GRUB boot menu, press "e" ...
After login to Ubuntu desktop first install the latest stable NVIDIA drivers and Optimus support.

Open a terminal and execute :

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nvidia-352 nvidia-prime 
sudo reboot  

Open NVIDIA X Server Settings -> Prime Profiles - switch to NVIDIA - log out and back in.

  • Thanks for the answer, but after adding the nouveau.nomodeset, I would still be stuck on the splash screen with the same lines displayed in the image. I don't know if it is a persistent problem with the graphics driver or something else
    – user459585
    Oct 17, 2015 at 5:44
  • Worked for Inspiron 15 7000 series Gaming Edition. Thanks
    – Felipe
    Dec 17, 2016 at 2:18
  • This works! My installation on the Dell Inspiron 15 5000 was freezing, until I did what you described. Magic!
    – afrish
    Mar 3, 2018 at 17:36

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