2018/02/18

Fixing Black Screen after Boot on Ubuntu 16.04 & 17.10 (Intel Graphics)

On my Dell laptop with Intel Graphics I suddenly experienced a black screen on booting Ubuntu
16.04 and later. I reinstalled Ubuntu and tried out some Ubuntu derivatives (Mint, Xubuntu), but that didn't help. The classical tip of using "nomodeset" didn't help either.

This is my configuration:
$ lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 vga
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Atom/Celeron/Pentium Processor x5-E8000/J3xxx/N3xxx Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:22b1] (rev 21)
    Subsystem: Dell Atom/Celeron/Pentium Processor x5-E8000/J3xxx/N3xxx Integrated Graphics Controller [1028:06ac]
    Kernel driver in use: i915

I finally found the simple solution:
  • during boot hold down the "shift" key to show the Grub menu
    • in "advanced", choose the latest kernel in "recovery" mode
    • now continue the boot normally: the GUI will show up correctly when started from recovery.
  • open a terminal
    • sudo nano /etc/default/grub
    • search for splash in this file and modify it into nosplash
    • save the modified file
    • now run
      sudo update-grub
After rebooting, the logon screen should show just fine. 

reference: https://askubuntu.com/questions/1004912/ubuntu-16-04-3-lts-nosplash-parameter-causes-major-issues.
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