Ubuntu Black Screen Installation Fix

In my experience, fixing a black screen during Ubuntu installation can be frustrating.

Verifying Installation Media Integrity

To verify the integrity of your Ubuntu installation media, you can use the built-in tool called “Check Disk for Defects.” This tool will scan the installation media for any errors that may cause issues during the installation process.

To use this tool, boot your computer from the Ubuntu installation USB drive. When you see the menu with options to install or try Ubuntu, select the “Check Disk for Defects” option.

The tool will then scan the installation media for any errors. If it finds any issues, you may need to re-download the Ubuntu ISO file and create a new installation USB drive.

Once the scan is complete, you can proceed with the installation process to fix any black screen issues.

Resolving Screen Issues During Boot

  • Check Hardware Connections:
    • Ensure all cables are securely connected to the monitor and computer
    • Check for any loose connections or damaged cables
    • Try using a different monitor or cable to rule out hardware issues
  • Boot in Safe Mode:
    • Restart the computer and repeatedly press the F8 key to access the Advanced Boot Options menu
    • Select Safe Mode from the list of options and press Enter
    • If the screen displays properly in Safe Mode, it may indicate a driver or software issue
  • Update Graphics Drivers:
    • Open Device Manager by pressing Windows key + X and selecting Device Manager
    • Expand the Display adapters section and right-click on your graphics card
    • Select Update driver and follow the on-screen instructions
  • Adjust Screen Resolution:
    • Right-click on the desktop and select Display settings
    • Scroll down to the Scale and layout section and adjust the resolution to a different setting
    • Apply the changes and check if the screen displays correctly

Switching to Virtual Terminals and Installing Drivers

To fix the black screen issue during Ubuntu installation, try switching to virtual terminals. Press Ctrl + Alt + F1 to access a virtual terminal. Login with your credentials. Then, install necessary drivers by running sudo apt-get install [driver-name]. Reboot your machine to apply the changes. If the issue persists, check for any compatibility issues with your hardware and Ubuntu version.

Consulting online forums like Reddit can also provide helpful insights. Ensure your internet connection is stable to download necessary software updates.

Troubleshooting with System and X11 Logs

To troubleshoot a black screen during Ubuntu installation, it’s important to check the System and X11 logs for errors. First, access the logs by opening a terminal and running:

cat /var/log/syslog | grep Xorg

This will display any X11 errors that may be causing the black screen. Next, look for any relevant error messages in the logs by running:

cat /var/log/syslog | grep error

These messages can provide clues on what might be causing the issue. If you’re still unable to resolve the problem, consider seeking help on forums like Reddit or contacting Ubuntu support.


When I try to install Ubuntu I get a black screen?

When installing Ubuntu and encountering a black screen, it is likely due to lack of proprietary drivers for Nvidia or AMD graphics cards, or laptops with Optimus/switchable graphics.

How do I get Ubuntu to boot stuck on black screen?

To get Ubuntu to boot unstuck from a black screen, you can enable proprietary video drivers through Ubuntu’s updates. However, this setting can only be enabled by first booting into the system, which safe graphics mode allows you to do.

Why is Ubuntu not opening after installation?

Ubuntu is not opening after installation due to possible issues such as corrupted or damaged installation, which can be fixed by booting from the Ubuntu installation media and running the boot repair tool. Another reason could be hardware incompatibility with some components.

Why is my Ubuntu stuck on a black screen after login?

Your Ubuntu is stuck on a black screen after login because you are experiencing a login loop. This could be caused by incompatible configuration files in your home directory or issues with the display/login manager.

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