6.10 live cd screen goes black

Asked by William on 2006-11-11

I have a clone PC that I built that has a Sempron 2600 with a 9550 ATI video card. My system has 1gig of ram and the monitor is a 17 inch TFT LCD Monitor.

When I boot up the LIVE CD it will show teh basic screen with the F keys options on the bottom. When I hit enter it starts to load then you see a cursor then it looks liek it reboots but does not then you hear the cd running then a black screen some times says out of range other times nothing but still the same black screen.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Munchkinguy (10068660) said : #1

Try selecting Safe Graphics Mode when booting. Then download the latest driver from ATI at http://ati.amd.com/support/drivers/linux/linux-radeon.html

William (bwhalin) said : #2

I tried Safe Grafics Mode and other settings still teh same but the 6.6 disk workes just fine.

Munchkinguy (10068660) said : #3

You have 6.06 installed? Back up all your important files and try updating to 6.10 using update-manager (instructions: http://www.debianadmin.com/upgrade-ubuntu-dapper-to-ubuntu-edgy-eft.html)

Javier Jardón (jjardon) said : #4

It's a reported bug, see #67487

William (bwhalin) said : #5

If this is a bug then any way to get around it? For example I do not wish to try and install this like to use the live cd but since after the screen it goes blank no way to see the new results.

Javier Jardón (jjardon) said : #6

Use the alternate CD.

William (bwhalin) said : #7

I do not wish to install yet till I can review the DVD so teh alternate does not have live dvd that I can see.

William (bwhalin) said : #8

Has anyone come up with a solution to the screen going black after the splash screen?

I do nto wish to use the alternate since I do not wish to install before I try it.

Javier Jardón (jjardon) said : #9

Manually change xorg.conf (see EdgyKnownIssues/59618)

Javier Jardón (jjardon) said : #10

Manually change xorg.conf (see https://wiki.ubuntu.com/EdgyKnownIssues/59618)

William (bwhalin) said : #11

But what about people that are new to linux? You expect them to do these steps when all they want is an out of the box OS. Some people cant even do a command in windows run and Ubuntu expects them to do codes just to get it installed.

William (bwhalin) said : #12

Ok I did the following commands

replaced splash with break=bottom

then when it booted I entered chroot /root nano /etc/X11xorg.conf

and when I tried to ctrl ans W and inserted section "device" ENTERED it said file was not found.

Now the scary part is when I redid this process and chroot /root rm /etc/X11xorg.conf

Told me can not remove file cause file was not found?

Best William (bwhalin) said : #13

Well guys it has to be with the ATI drivers on the CD of Ubuntu. I installed a 5700VE Nividia AGP with 256 ddr ram built on to the card. I put in the Ubuntu Live 6.10 abd it started perfect without trouble. I had my ATI 9550 with 256 of ram built on to teh video card but never was able to boot up in the LIVE CD VERSION.

INCUBIS (incubis) said : #14

New to Linux and have same problem am also using a ATI card 9800 pro with now luck at all

is there a fix for the live cd so I can install this?

williamts99 (williamts99) said : #15

Incubis, you should read down through the bug report, there are a couple of things to try and let us know what worked for you.

Best Regards,


INCUBIS (incubis) said : #16

 installed it on an other pc with nvida card go to live cd blah blah then when I get to the end it says hault the pc then restart and remove disc when I do this it trys to boot from cd and it will not boot from HD...I even went into the bios and set it to boot from HD and can't get it to work...

how do I get the error log and is there a way to copy it?