Linux Only Boots Under Recovery Mode

This is part of the Plan.

I tried to install linux for my PC, and tried all sorts of distributions, including the most recent 3-4 versions of Mint and Ubuntu, but all of them (including live CD mode) only runs under recovery mode (with really low resolution and software-only rendering), which makes me MEGA unhappy. When I tried to boot them normally, all I get are black screens, or more precisely, purple screens.

After consulting online, I found that the only special thing about recovery mode is that it added nomodeset and xforcevesa into the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX parameter of grub file located at /etc/default/grub.

So, basically, the problem was solved by finding out which of the two parameters recovery mode added into GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX made the system bootable again. It turned out it was the xforcevesa that solved the problem, and here is what I did:

sudo gedit /etc/default/grub
sudo update-grub

Then, restart your computer and you should be able to boot the system normally.

Great, problem solved! Wow, very Mint, so Ubuntu.

There is still another thing bothering me, though, that is I can only boot into system successfully without any USB devices plugged in, which is superconfusing. I will try to figure this out.


2014-02-09T01:25:31+00:00 | Reply
Random Ken b8a8

Is your BIOS set to look for a bootable USB device? If so maybe that is now causing a conflict and needs to be disabled, so that it only seeks out your harddrive for booting.

2014-02-09T08:02:56+00:00 | Reply
shimmy1996 ✦

You are the first one to comment on Pandora!!!:)

I'm not sure, though, for the windows loader works perfectly. Thanks for the advice anyways. XDD

2014-02-09T20:00:30+00:00 | Reply
Random Ken b8a8

Do I win a prize? 😛 lol

Hmm if it still loads for Windows then no, that doesn’t sound like the problem. Strange. Hopefully you figure it out 🙂