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Kubuntu 12.04 LTS on a Dell T1600 with Nvidia Card

July 17, 2012 1 comment

I’ve been trying to install Kubuntu 12.04 LTS on a Dell T1600 for about 45 minutes now.  Each time it boots off the CD it ends up on a blank screen with a cursor flashing in the top left corner of the screen.  The install has obviously hung but there is no feedback. I also burnt a new CD incase it was the issue but still no joy.

So, as always, Google is my friend and I’ve found several other people (even with different distros) having the same problem and it appears to be related to the nvidia card in the system and the open source drivers.  Using the open source nouveau driver will cause the install to hang.  There is also some threads mentioning that it may be a kernel bug.

There are a couple of solutions I’ve seen for this so far.

Use the nomodeset option in the boot options to force the system to use VESA drivers  – more info at http://askubuntu.com/questions/131435/can-i-force-kubuntu-installer-to-use-nvidia-driver-not-nouveau – time is of the essence for me so I didn’t try this but it looks like it may work.  You will still need to fix the Nvidia driver after you have completed the install.

My system has an additional Nvidia card so it can be used as a multi display system. As I’m building this system as a headless Splunk server I don’t need multi displays on this system so I just removed the card and used the default (on board) VGA display.

For me, this solved the problem and I was immediately able to boot the X64 live CD and start the install.

I have another box with the same config that I will need to configure multi display.  I have more time to build that box so I will dig a bit deeper into the cause of the issue and hopefully be albe to resolve the issue.  I’ll post what I discover.

As alway comments and questions are welcome.

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