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Nomodeset and Intel Linux Graphics Drivers

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Jun 14, 2013 - 07:25pm

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    Jaw

    Hello!  I recently upgraded to Ubuntu 13.04 on my Acer Aspire 5741.  In the process of installing, I had to use the nomodeset command in GRUB to avoid the dreaded Ubuntu blank screen.  

    I installed the Intel Linux Graphics Drivers, but noticed that nomodeset is still in the GRUB commands and I'm not able to increase my screen resolution above 1024x768.  I tried removing nomodeset and the blank screen returned.  

    My question is do the Intel Linux Graphics Drivers update the GRUB options when you download and install a stack or do I need to remove nomodeset and add something else to the GRUB commands?

    In the system settings-details tab, I see that my graphics are set as: VESA: Intel®Ironlake Mobile Graphics.

    Any assistance would be appreciated!

    Jun 14, 2013 - 07:25pm
  • Hi tsj271,

    The Installer does not touch any grub config files. Consult /etc/default/grub and related configure files to ensure 'nomodeset' is not present.

    Cheers

    Jun 17, 2013 - 07:23am
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    Jaw

    Hi thac0,

    Thanks for your reply.  Do I need to have nomodeset removed from the permanent GRUB login before installing intel linux graphics installer or update?  I have tried using the installer and on the subsequent restart removed nomodeset temporarily in GRUB. When I do that, I get the dreaded blank screen after GRUB.  I'm not sure if that makes a difference if I don't do it permanently.  

    Over the weekend, I also tried playing around xorg.config which I've seen in a variety of forums without success.

    Thanks again for your help!

    Jun 17, 2013 - 07:57am
  • Hi tsj271,

    The Installer doesn't care if you have 'nomodeset' configured or not, since the hardware query will correctly identify your graphics chipset.

    Interesting how many articles and threads exist for the Ubuntu "black screen of death"-- I've seen it myself in the past.

    Question is, does the display ever come alive, even minutes after boot-- without the 'nomodeset' parameter?

    I ask because, in the past on different hardware, I had to wait several minutes for the display, and the root cause were quirks in the (software) power management configuration. My past experience doesn't necessarily apply here, but it's certainly a possibility.

    Cheers

    Jun 17, 2013 - 08:25am
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    Jaw

    If the Intel Linux Graphics Installer correctly identifies the chipset, could my inability to change the resolution be caused by something else?  

    Unfortunately, no the screen doesn't come back on after a period of time.  It seems to shut off the display for some reason and stays off.  I've tried different things like putting the computer to sleep and then turning it back on, but it hasn't worked.  Nomodeset was the only thing that worked in Ubuntu 13.04.

    Interestingly enough, I had better screen resolution in older versions of Ubuntu and it became a problem when I upgraded to 13.04.

    Jun 17, 2013 - 08:48am
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