Blank (or black) screen after boot process in Ubuntu

You may encounter a blank screen after boot in ubuntu. This will be due to some update of certain packages.
Follow these steps to correct the problem.

1. Select recovery mode from the boot menu.
2. Select login as root from the menu in recovery mode.
3. Type this at the prompt

# sudo apt-get remove xorg-driver-fglrx
# sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg

4. Exit

# exit

5. Now select Resume normal boot from the menu.

Every thing should be OK by now.
Please comment about your experience.

Comments (17)

  1. xorg-driver-fglrx package not installed so not removed.I still have the same problem plz help me

  2. Kirby

    Updating an old laptop a coworker gave me. 9.04 to 9.10 update went to blank screen. I googled “Kubuntu 9.10 blank display”. 3rd entry was to this page and the exact fix. Thanks.

  3. justinsharpe

    ahhhhh…. thanks ever so much! This has been such a LONG and frustrating journey. I wish I could have found your site sooner!

  4. Calvin Watershed

    I just updated to Intrepid a few days ago and had been downloading a bunch of video conversion and editing programs when this happened to me. Startup, but just a blank screen, no login. Ubuntu forums were no help, but a bit of Googling uncovered this post. IT WORKED – Thanks so much. In fact, I’m posting this from my laptop right now. Much appreciated.

  5. Mike

    This did not work for me!

    I selected Recovery Mode but was unable to log in as root! After selecting recovery mode, these messages was displayed on the screen:

    Gave up waiting for root device. Common problems:
    – Boot args (Cat /proc/cmdline)
    – check rootdelay= (did the system wait long enough)
    – check root=(did the system wait for the right device)
    -Missing modules (Cat /proc/modules; lo /dev)

    ALERT! /dev/disk/by-uuid8874485b-afa6-4ec7-bfef-b45b0d8c6dad does not exist. Droppingto a shell!

    Busy Box v1.13.3 (Ubuntu 1:1.13.3-1Ubuntu7) built-in shell (ash)
    Enter ‘help’ for a list of built-in commands.

  6. Ashwin

    I GOT THE MESSAGE : COULDN’T FIND PACKAGE XORD-DRIVER-FGLRX . Please someone help thanks

  7. tmhererwa

    Thank God for your brilliance!! You saved me a lot. Thank you very much

  8. Thesmart1

    It worked beautifully… but I don’t understand what I just did?!?

  9. mytest

    It works, but just for the session. When I quit and reboot, I get the black screen again.
    Any tip?
    Thans, Alph

  10. Derling

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH YOU SAVE ME…. This really help. YOU ARE THE BEST 🙂

  11. Chris

    Wow, l have tried many websites to solve this. This appears to have rid my blank screen on startup. Cheers.

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