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*Ubuntu 12.04

From: John Aldrich 
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How the heck do I get the grub to include "nomodeset" when it installs? I have 
had to reinstall twice now and am starting my THIRD fresh install because my 
laptop won't finish booting to a display after it reboots! This is extremely 
frustrating, as 11.04 worked *beautifully* for me, but 12.04 won't boot 
properly after install, even if I get 11.04 working *perfectly* and then 
upgrade. Fresh install is just as bad!

=============================================================== From: Sean Brewer ------------------------------------------------------ 1. For a single, one-time boot (you will need to do this first, regardless): 2. At the grub boot screen, make sure the kernel you want is highlighted, then press the e key on your keyboard. 3. Press the down arrow key until you get to the line that says `linux /boot` 4. Press the End key to move your cursor to the end of the line. 5. Add nomodeset to the end of the line. If the end of that line read "quiet splash" it should now be "quiet splash nomodeset" 6. Press Ctrl and the X key, then boot into that kernel. To do this permanently: 1. Follow the previous steps 2. Open up /etc/default/grub in an editor as super user. 3. Find the line that says: GRUB

=============================================================== From: John Aldrich ------------------------------------------------------ I understand that. However, I never *get* a grub screen. It goes straight into a graphical boot. I gave up on 12.04 since I can't seem to get it to work. I did manage to figure out how to fix the "nomodeset" problem the way you suggested, but even then it was too sluggish and this is NOT a slow computer. Under 11.10, it's a very quick laptop. Under 12.04, it acts like a 486 trying to run Windows XP. It'll do it, but not well. I don't understand why it's so different, but I am not going to try to upgrade again until 12.04 has been out for a couple months...probably about the time Quetzal comes out, because by then they'll probably have fixed whatever is causing the sluggishness. For a single, one-time boot (you will need to do this first, regardless): At the grub boot screen, make sure the kernel you want is highlighted, then press the e key on your keyboard. Press the down arrow key until you get to the line that says `linux /boot` Press the End key to move your cursor to the end of the line. Add nomodeset to the end of the line. If the end of that line read "quiet splash" it should now be "quiet splash nomodeset" Press Ctrl and the X key, then boot into that kernel. To do this permanently: Follow the previous steps Open up /etc/default/grub in an editor as super user. Find the line that says: GRUB