6 years ago
Problem: You got a black screen in place of the friendly graphical login screen at the end of the Linux Mint boot sequence.
Display misbehaving presentation includes:
Don't tell me why but I have found this issue in several installations or reinstallations of Linux Mint (and other distributions) in previously working systems. It is related to failed detection of hardware, or by upgraded drivers (nouveau, spring 2011). Current video cards are willing to generate resolutions/frequencies over your monitor's capabilites.
You will end your first install (and/or reboot procedure), with a black screen after several normal messages or disk activity just before getting the normal user prompt (it will never come out).
It may even happen with the installation CD/DVD of some new distributions (Mint Mate 16, 17)
You will notice that the computer is working fine as it reboots gracefully if you click [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Del] meaning that you have a working system but with a video problem. It mimicks a computer hanged (dead) but is not the case !
If the monitor is smart enough it will complain about wrong frequency or no signal.
Here is a simple and short fix that will allow to boot and configure the system from a graphical user interface (In Linux Mint will be Gnome).
(Solved) Update 2014: My Mint Mate LTS 17.0 re-install (Nvidia Quadro FX1400 dual monitor 19'' 1280x1024x24)
My Mint 19.2 PC crashed due to a power outage. (I actually have a UPS, and it was beeping, but I was stubborn and didn't shut down soon enough.) When power was restored, Mint booted to a full-screen terminal, no video. I thought it was a video driver issue, but couldn't reinstall Nvidia from the terminal, got some error about a component being locked, or something. I realized that the crash caused some problems with permissions for a few components. After some research and trying one or two things, the simple solution was to boot with the DVD and run Timeshift. I'm happy to say that this worked [u]Perfectly[/u], and was very quick. In fact, Mint 19.2 seems even better after the restore, like something besides the problem was fixed. Anyhow, this is my high praise for Timeshift! :D
(Also I will mention that my Timeshift backups are done to a different SSD than the one which has Mint 19.2 on it. I initially tried to run Timeshift from the Terminal boot, but it couldn't mount the secondary drive to access my backup.)
Thank slackip, I followed as step 3 and added $nvidia.modeset=0 to my system and it work. I will monitor it from here. But I would like to ask if I will leave as it is will be fine, ya.
I'm not even getting this far (latest Mint, XPS 15). It boots from USB, and appears to install, but when I reboot, it never gets to Grub...just a black screen and a blinkoing cursor, which indicates it can't actually find anything at all.
Is there a way to get past this?
Mint 18 Cinnamon, Dell Inspiron 3552 ubuntu edition, Intel CPU integrated graphics, on boot of install USB black screen - gets past this with Nomodeset etc, however same problem persists inside of installed system, all updates done on Mint18. Only thing I havent done is BIOS update because Im afraid Ill brick my laptop.
Here is my forum post:
Does it work with Linuxmint 18 as well.
My system showed all different results.
still couldn't go beyond that blinking cursor.
I may tentatively have solved this, inasmuch as for the past two days I was able to boot into Linux Mint 17.3 without the black screen and associated freeze.
To get there I upgraded my kernel to linux 4.4.0-14. I also updated my Nvidia driver to version 364.12, but the driver upgrade did not initially help. It was the kernel upgrade that seemed to at least temporarily stop the crashes.
Months later this is still a problem for me. I've been sidestepping the issue somewhat by shutting down in hibernation mode and then rebooting. Unfortunately recently this is only working about 50 % of the time.
I have an Nvidia 770 GTX card. Driver changes haven't really addressed this. Once I'm in Mint runs flawlessly. Something is messed up during the boot sequence.
Mint 17.3 Cinnamon 64-bit produced exactly the same problem on an HP tower with an AMD E2-3200 dual-core processor, (what AMD calls an APU). This family of processors have an integrated Radeon graphics processor (HD 6370D in mine) that xserver-xorg-video-ati (the default driver) recognises but can't handle (ERROR - no UMS support in Radeon module). This PC has Windows 7 factory-installed on it, graphics work perfectly.
To get a display on which I could at least see what I was doing (more or less, at 640 x 480!), I used nomodeset as described above. I was then able to install Mint 17.3 as a dual boot (not straight forward - and completely daunting for any newbie).
To fix the graphics problem permanently, I ran Update Manager (twice) to make sure the new installation had all the latest patches. Then used Driver Manager to change the graphics driver to fglrx-updates. Reboot and the graphics are now fine on this basic 1024 x 768 monitor.
Ubuntu 10.04 was problem-free on this (spare) PC. About three years ago I tried to upgrade it to Mint 17.1. This and any Ubuntu-based release after 10 produce exactly the same problem.
Mint was supposed to be a Linux distro for people who just wanted an alternative to throwing away perfectly good hardware. Many thousands of PCs with these AMD processors will have been produced, but they are in effect unusable with Mint.
@TheJJ The alt arrowleft and alt arrowright scheme did not work for me. I'm not sure why.
Also the nomodeset solution doesn't work for me either. I am at a mode wherein if I use the 2nd grub menu entry item for recovery and then choose to resume the boot it does seem to boot correctly.
I ran into this running Linux Mint 17.2 XFCE on my HP Mini 110. I upgraded and it refused to boot correctly, so I ended up adding the NOMODESET to the GRUB boot config file and this seems to have corrected it.
It may not be the most elegant solution, but it works. What bothers me is the older version I had on it worked fine right out of the gate.
So far this is not working for Linux Mint 17.2. I have an Nvidia Gtx 770 card and a samsung monitor.
I can eventually get in via a recovery mode root access and then running lightdm or startx or it's equivalent.
In the past upgrading the drivers to the latest proprietary offerings via an ubuntu repository for nvidia worked well to fix this. However after having done this recently to the nvidia-352 drivers, after some time it started happening again.
There is a fundamental bug in the start up screen that has never been addressed I think. But there aren't enough people suffering from this to warrant anyone trying to fix it.
I have an older Nvidia GeForce 8400 running in my machine. It constantly causes a black screen upon boot up. I've had to press Esc when it initiates a boot, then scroll down to Recovery Mode and press Enter. I then let it resume with a normal boot up.
I assume that the kernel and video driver are not agreeing with each other.
Your text about modeset is not exactly right. Modesetting drivers are not the same as X.org drivers. r128 and nvidia are not kernel mode-setting drivers, you won't change anything on systems using those X.org drivers by including nomodeset. i915, radeon and nouveau are right; but since nomodeset works for all three, no need to know what hardware you have.
Thank you! Next time I will try this. That black screen is a recurring annoyance. I have had to reinstall the whole system due to those crashes caused by mismatch. Now I hope this will be a more convenient way