This one has undoubtedly caused me much grief since I started experimenting with Ubuntu Linux 5.04 (we’re at 8.10 now). The answer is pretty simple, although hard to find.
- Asrock P4i45GV (r3) or equivalent,
- and its using a PCI/AGI graphics card (I have an NVidia FX5200).
Computer is starting Ubuntu, and about 1/4 of the way through the progress bar, it sits there. Forever. If you drop down to a console to see what’s going on (CTRL+ALT+F1) you might see the last line reading something like:
[ 33.893846] [<c010334b0>] work_notifysig+0x13/0x18
Or you manage to get to the login screen, but when you try to get to your desktop you remain on a black or beige screen.
Blacklist the conflicting VGA module, preventing it from being loaded during all subsequent boots.
- Go into your computer’s BIOS, (usually hit F2, Delete or F11 when booting (first black on white text screen), mine is F2)
- Set the Video card to VGA, save changes. On my BIOS this is done by going to the “Advanced” screen, selecting the “Resource Config” menu and choosing the “Primary Graphics Adapter” option, changing it from AGI (NVidia card) to VGA (internal).
- Plug your monitor into the integrated video port, and let Ubuntu start (it should!)
Update: for Ubuntu 8.10
After doing a fresh install of Ubuntu 8.10, I could get to the login screen, but my desktop wouldn’t load. You may follow this step for any version of Ubuntu:
At the login screen, press CTRL+ALT+F1. You will be brought to a command line. Enter in your username and password (set from the install). Type in the following commands:
sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
type in the password you used to log in
Use your arrow keys to scroll to the bottom of the file
Add the text (without quotation) “blacklist intel_agp”
Press CTRL+X to quit the editor, Y to save changes, and enter to keep the filename (blacklist)
type sudo reboot
proceed to step 6.
- Open up a terminal, and enter in the following to modify the blacklist file
sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
- Add the following to the end of the file, in a new line
- Save, exit and shut down computer.
- Go into your computer’s BIOS again
- Set the video card back to AGI/PCI (I didn’t see a difference, AGI = Asrock’s equivalent to AGP)
- Reconnect monitor to video card
- After Ubuntu loads (which it should now!) , I recommend running the Restricted Drivers system tool and install the NVidia restricted driver, then reboot.
Also, please leave a comment if you found this useful or found a better solution (hopefully from within your new Ubuntu box!).