Ubuntu 11.04 black screen fix (after install or upgrade)
June 22, 2011 6 Comments
I upgraded and low and behold, black screen….When I rebooted I could see the Ubuntu logo then poof, darkness.
I borrowed another PC and Google’d a bit and found some forum discussions.
One that got my attention was http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1742352,
The fix suggested on there is to do the following:
sudo gedit /etc/default/grub Edit the two lines (GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT and GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX) to read as follows: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash acpi_backlight=vendor vga=792" GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="acpi_osi=Linux" sudo update-grub #need to reboot #sudo reboot
I modified the suggestion a bit when it didn’t work following https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BootText and added the last bit vga=792.
At first that didn’t work either and I was reading around on the ubuntu help pages here https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Kernel/Debugging/Backlight and it mentioned that there may be a problem when using AC but on DC it disappears or visa versa so I unplugged my laptop’s charger and nothing happened, for a moment. I randomly tried to increase the brightness and voila… it shines!
My backlight is back and after a reboot to test it, it all works fine.
if the above fails try
It didn’t work for me but there was a report of it working for others on the Ubuntu forums.