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    I am new to Ubuntu. I got a Ubuntu bootable CD ver.6.06 LTS for pc. When I reboot it loads the cd and then the screen goes black and my monitor says no signal. I have a P3 866Mhz 512 Ram and Nvidia GeForce FX5200 video card. I have rebooted several times and always end up with the same black screen. Please Help.

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    hi mstreus1,

    Welcome to the LinuxForums.

    there could be two reasons. either Ubuntu couldn't configure your Graphics Card OR CD is not burned properly.
    first of all, reburn CD at lowest possible speed. in case you get Blank Screen again, download Ubuntu Alternate CD. it has Text Based Installer. its very easy to configure Graphics Card after installation.
    It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
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    Does this happen as soon as you try to boot up or does it happen after a while?

    Do you see the first screen (one that looks similar to http://www.dailycupoftech.com/wp-con...8/ubuntu01.png)?

    And if you do see the first screen what happens when you press enter?
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    Hi again mstreus1

    In reply to your pm yes I have a problem that sounds similar to yours whenever I put most LiveCDs into my laptop (but i'm not certain it's the same as I've not seen Ubuntu running on your computer)

    Here's what I do to fix it.

    When everything seems to finish loading in the background press ALT + F1 keys together
    This will take you to a black screen with a lot of text. Press Enter key once (can't remember if you need to do this but it wont harm)
    then type the following
    Code:
    sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    This will open up a text editor. Using the arrow keys scroll down till you reach a bit that looks like
    Code:
    Section "Monitor"
            Identifier      "Monitor0"
            VendorName      "xxxxxx"
            ModelName       "xxxxxx"
            Option          "DPMS" "true"
    EndSection
    note the the xxxxx will have some of your hardware information.
    Now you need to add another line after the Option "DPMS" "true" line that says Option "Monitor Layout" "LVDS,AUTO" so that the whole section looks like this
    Code:
    Section "Monitor"
            Identifier      "Monitor0"
            VendorName      "xxxxxx"
            ModelName       "xxxxxx"
            Option          "DPMS" "true"
            Option          "Monitor Layout" "LVDS,AUTO"
    EndSection
    Now save the file by pressing the control key + O (thats the letter O not the number zero)
    Exit by Pressing Control + X keys together
    Now press the Alt + F7 keys together, you will be back to a black screen.
    Now press the Control + ALT + Backspace keys together (the backspace is the delete key above the enter key)

    Hopefully that will get you going
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    Quote Originally Posted by zba78
    Hi again mstreus1

    In reply to your pm yes I have a problem that sounds similar to yours whenever I put most LiveCDs into my laptop (but i'm not certain it's the same as I've not seen Ubuntu running on your computer)

    Here's what I do to fix it.

    When everything seems to finish loading in the background press ALT + F1 keys together
    This will take you to a black screen with a lot of text. Press Enter key once (can't remember if you need to do this but it wont harm)
    then type the following
    Code:
    sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    This will open up a text editor. Using the arrow keys scroll down till you reach a bit that looks like
    Code:
    Section "Monitor"
            Identifier      "Monitor0"
            VendorName      "xxxxxx"
            ModelName       "xxxxxx"
            Option          "DPMS" "true"
    EndSection
    note the the xxxxx will have some of your hardware information.
    Now you need to add another line after the Option "DPMS" "true" line that says Option "Monitor Layout" "LVDS,AUTO" so that the whole section looks like this
    Code:
    Section "Monitor"
            Identifier      "Monitor0"
            VendorName      "xxxxxx"
            ModelName       "xxxxxx"
            Option          "DPMS" "true"
            Option          "Monitor Layout" "LVDS,AUTO"
    EndSection
    Now save the file by pressing the control key + O (thats the letter O not the number zero)
    Exit by Pressing Control + X keys together
    Now press the Alt + F7 keys together, you will be back to a black screen.
    Now press the Control + ALT + Backspace keys together (the backspace is the delete key above the enter key)

    Hopefully that will get you going
    Hi ZBA78,
    I tried to use the advice given by you and devils_casper. I downloaded a new
    cd and I got the same black screen but before it went dead completely there was a blinking cursor for a few seconds. So I hit ALT+ F1 and wow I got a screen with a some writing on it!!!!! It was still black with this written across the top portion of it---Last Login: TUE MAR 6 14:45:55 2007 on tty2.
    Linux ubuntu 2.6.17-10-generic #2 smp FRI OCT 13 18:45:35 UTC 2006 i686.
    The programs included with the ubuntu system are free software; the exact distribution terms for each program are described in the individual files in /usr/share/doc/*/copyright.
    ubuntu comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by applicable law.
    To run a command as administrator (user"root") use "sudo<command>".
    see "man sudo_root" for details
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$-blinking cursor.

    I typed sudo nano /etc/x11/xorg.conf as instructed by you and it gave a black screen. On top is said gnu nano1.3.12 File/etc/x11/xorg.conf modified
    on bottom of screen it showed whole bunch of short cuts like ^g for get help, ^x for exit and ^o for write out etc.etc.

    So what does that tell you and what do I do next.
    Eagerly awaiting your reply so I can start using this cd and learn Linux.
    Regards,
    mstreus1

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    Hi ZBA78,
    i dwnloaded another cd and it did the same but had a blinking cursor for a few seconds before going to black screen. so i entered alt+f1 and the following: Last loging :tue mar 614:45:55 2007 on tty2.
    linux ubuntu 2.6.17-10-generic #2 smp Fri Oct 13 18:45:35 2006 i686
    The programs included with the ubuntu system are free software, the exact distribution terms for each program are described in the individual files in /usr/share/doc/*/copy right.
    ubuntu comes with abslolutely now warranty, to the extent permitted by applicable law.
    To run a command as administrator (user"root"), use "sudo<command>".
    see "man sudo_root" for details.
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$- with a blinking cursor
    I typed what you had said sudo nano?etc/x11/xorg.conf
    and got a black screen with : gnu nana1.3.12 File /etc/x11/xorg.conf modified written on top and at the bottom some short cuts for help, write out, exit etc.

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    Linux is case and space sensitive. x is capital in X11.
    Code:
    sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
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    You are certainly heading in the right direction my friend. Just make sure you type the commands exactly as devils_casper and I have said with correct case and correct spacing.

    You're nearly there
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    Hi there again,
    I tried what u said and after numerous attempts it some how started and I even went on the net with firefox. But when i restarted then it would not go again. so i have no idea what i did that it started. Now when i do what u asked me to do then the screen flashes on and off with some writing and then again the " no signal thing" starts. Once in a while i get this message :-When i press Control+Alt+Backspace. Display server shut down 6 times in last 90 seconds.Likely something bad is going on. Waiting for 2 minutes before starting display:0. I could not make out if it is a zero or an o. Oh and by the way where it says Option "DPMS" there is no "true" with it. Does that tell you anything. Will wait for your reply.

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    Each time you reboot your machine and load from the CD everything will be in the default state. Nothing gets saved until you actually install ubuntu to your hard-disk.

    So each time you load from the CD you will have to go through the process again
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