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Blank screen on boot using Core i5-4440 and GTX 970 [WORKAROUND]
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After trying to boot using a LiveUSB with Solus 1.2.1, all screens go blank (saying they are not receiving input) after some classic Linux boot lines that are seen in pretty much every distro.

This does not happen when unplugging the Graphics card and using the VGA port of the motherboard.

WORKAROUND : When you see the menu from that says "Solus 1.2", press E, and add the nomodeset option after "quiet splash". You will have a terrible resolution, but you will still be able to install Solus - once it is installed, add the nomodeset option in grub (highlight the Solus OS entry, press E, and add nomodeset at the end of the line that starts with "linux") and boot (press F10), and when you're inside Solus OS you'll be able to install the Nvidia drivers. Once that is done, you can reboot and you'll have your system fully operational!

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utybo created this task.Oct 19 2016, 6:13 PM

Possible workaround:

Boot with "nomodeset" to get to the Live system.
Once installed, boot once more with "nomodeset". Run all updates and install nvidia-glx-driver. Reboot *without* nomodeset

utybo added a comment.Oct 19 2016, 7:03 PM

How can I boot from the LiveUSB using nomodeset? (Sorry if this sounds dumb but google is rather unhelpful, holding shift during boot from the liveusb doesn't do anything)

Is this with UEFI or BIOS?

utybo added a comment.Oct 19 2016, 7:12 PM

UEFI, sorry I forgot to mention it

(Also, this issue happens regardless if I'm using UEFI or BIOS)

You'll see the menu saying "Solus 1.2", press arrow keys to stop the timeout. Then you can edit one of the entries

utybo added a comment.Oct 19 2016, 7:41 PM

Thank you, it worked! Now trying to install the drivers on a freshly installed Solus OS :D

Here are a few suggestions :

  • Indicate somewhere on the wiki for newbies (like me!) to know what to do when there is a problem without having to look EVERYWHERE for an answer
  • Indicate that pressing E allows to edit the entry on the menu, since it is nowhere to be seen.

Thank you for your amazing work :D

utybo added a comment.Oct 19 2016, 7:50 PM

Update : everything works correctly after following your steps. I'm looking forward to using this OS. Thank you very much!

I'm closing this as this problem is already described in T514

utybo renamed this task from Blank screen on boot using Core i5-4440 and GTX 970 to Blank screen on boot using Core i5-4440 and GTX 970 [WORKAROUND].Oct 19 2016, 10:05 PM
utybo closed this task as Resolved.
utybo updated the task description. (Show Details)Oct 19 2016, 10:15 PM