Ubuntu 11.04 blank screen on boot. SOLVED

Try these steps if you are experiencing a blank screen during boot or install of Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal.

1. LiveCD  boots into a blank screen.

When you see the boot menu when you boot LiveCD, hit F6 and select the “nomodeset” option.

2. Boots into a blank screen after install.

Reboot and keep your finger on the “SHIFT” key till you get the grub menu. Highlight the first entry and replace “quiet splash” with “nomodeset” .  Hit CTRL + X to continue booting. Once logged in install the latest Graphics drivers. System -> Administration -> Additional Drivers

DONE. Hope it works for you, it did for me.

  • Mike

    Just want to say thanks!

  • Wade

    Excellent. Tip #1 solved my problems installing 11.04 on a MacBook Pro.

    One of these days Linux people will learn to name things something like “Simple Graphics Mode” rather than “nomodeset.” Had that been the case, I would have been much more likely to try it.


  • Sanket


  • Bharath Yadav

    Thanks mate…. it worked 🙂

  • markdean

    hi..thank you for this but u cant find the latest graphics drivers…pls help..thank you.

  • dakota

    just saying thanks works nice

  • arnold

    Ubuntu 11.04 blank screen on boot via flash disk drive

  • Riyesh


    its worked fine.. thanks alot. its tried on my sony vaio.

  • Mirko


  • dustinb

    i installed ubuntu now i cant do anything i have a black screen with a flashing dash no grub options or anything from this point just a message saying “error prefix not set” what do i do now

  • lionofjudo

    Thank YOU! I’ve been having this problem for a month and you found an amazingly simple solution. Kudos friend 🙂

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  • lamin

    i have a problem when i try to install ubuntu
    when i select the “nomodeset” option i have this message
    ( 22.825354) kernel panic – not sycing : attempted to kill init
    and this the url of the photo

  • komoto

    I have a mac-book, i just installed Ubuntu and right when I turn on the computer it is on a blank white screen!!! HELP i don’t know if I killed the computer or what.

  • Matt

    Awesome, thanks! It worked.

  • Alex

    Thanks, good one solution))

  • lerssi

    dident work for me….

  • sam

    I followed the instructions #2 and everything seemed to be fine until i ended up at a black screen again. MY mouse cursor is working. What should i do now?

    • sam

      Never mind, it took almost 10 minutes but I am finally at the login page. I took a total of an hour to get to my desktop. And now a number to applets are not showing, including the “applications,” “system,” etc.

      I dont know what to do

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  • Dan Goodman

    Does this work on Ubuntu Server? When I get to the GRUB, I have the options of regular boot and recovery mode. If I press ‘e’ to edit the regular boot, there is no ‘quiet splash’ entry to edit. Based on what Ive read, this is a driver bug and there is an entry with ‘$linux_gfx_mode’. What do I need to do? (brand new to Linux!)

  • Julio

    It worked for me

  • Connie

    Didn’t work for me. Holding down the Shift key did not bring up the GRUB menu. Any “nomodeset” command I type at the yaboot prompt fails.

  • Lua

    Awesome it helped me 🙂 Was getting frustrated !!

  • Daniel

    Perfect! Just what I was looking for!

  • Luen

    Thank you. It helped me with 12.04 LTS.

  • Nicola

    Thanks, it worked.

  • ???? ????

    worked for me. Thanks.

  • Steve

    No way in hell I could have known to do that myself! thanks for the advise!

  • steve u r right man..how the hell someone know that..u r a lifesaver man..god bless ya..

  • this didn’t work after ubunto 12.10 installtion 🙁

    • during the install the the F6 key and select nomodeset

      • dferp

        You could also highlight either the first option or the “Install Ubuntu” option and before hitting the ENTER button, delete the world “quietsplash” with “nomodeset” (without the quotation marks), then hit enter.

  • 0neTw0

    Did not work for me. I plugged in a external monitor and the system is running fine. But The LCD on the laptop has decided not to come on. It originally had the apple folder come up but that isn’t even showing up anymore. I run a hardware test using the IOS disk and that came up on the LCD and said everything was fine. Ugh how I have disdain for Macs.

  • Art

    Asus X751MD-TY-23H all right with the solution. Ubuntu 14.04

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