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I just finished setting up a dual boot with Ubuntu and Windows 10 on my HP G6, and I ran into a really frustrating problem. Ever since I finished the install, my screen goes black right after I choose Ubuntu and it finishes loading. I can bypass by changing around the quick splash in grub. Or by opening in recovery and them proceeding to launch normally.

I assume it has something to do with my drivers but they're all active in additional drivers. So it's probably something I need to either change in grub that will stay permanently or find a driver update online.

I'm really new to Linux so any help is really appreciated. Very excited to get into this OS and have some fun. Thanks.

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  • This exact issue seems to be a reoccurring theme today... Maybe an incompatibility with Windows 10? – Android Dev Mar 15 '16 at 1:29
  • Weird. Well I would think that but I'm pretty sure it's just graphic related because I can hear Ubuntu noise in background, like the screen is the only thing not working. But of course I'm probably wrong and it's something more serious. I just hope not. – Walt Mar 15 '16 at 1:51
  • What happens if when you are on the back screen, you switch to the terminal (CTRL + ALT + F1) and then switch back to the desktop? (CTRL + ALT + F7) – Android Dev Mar 15 '16 at 2:06
  • Just tried it. Nothing. I can hear the sound as I keep hitting escape so I know it's open. Damn. Thanks though – Walt Mar 15 '16 at 2:14
  • And I know the operating system is working, I just pressed my power button quickly to bring up the shutdown window and hit enter and it went through the process normally and my computer shutdown. So everything is working I just can't see it. – Walt Mar 15 '16 at 2:20

First, boot to recovery mode and drop to a root shell.

1) Mount the file system as R/W: mount -o remount,rw /

2) Next, run sudo nano /etc/default/grub

3) Then add nomodeset to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT:



GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash nomodeset"

And then save by hitting Ctrl+O, then exit nano with Ctrl+X

4) Finally, run:

sudo update-grub
sudo reboot
  • Ok I'm there and added nomodeset. Hit ctrl O to save. It takes me to bottom and says File Name to Write: /etc/default/grub I then hit enter and it says read only file system. I'm not sure how to get back out of it. Ok never mind I think I've got it. Trying now – Walt Mar 15 '16 at 3:57
  • It wouldn't let me do the sudo update part at end. Said was read only. So I rebooted and it didn't work. I probably did something wrong I guess. Thanks for that. I think that's what I need to do. If I can do correctly. – Walt Mar 15 '16 at 4:05
  • @Walt I have added a step that remounts the filesystem as R/W. – Android Dev Mar 15 '16 at 11:07
  • Dude... Dude! Thank you! Ha. As of a week and a half ago I didn't even know what a Linux was and now I'm WarGames'n it up 😉 Can't wait to really get into it now. But expect more from me I'm sure 😊 Thanks to everyone that responded. – Walt Mar 15 '16 at 17:00
  • @Walt - If it worked, please mark my post as answer :) – Android Dev Mar 15 '16 at 17:02

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