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I have tried for several days now to get Ubuntu 8 installed on my dell E1705 laptop.

This one has an ATI x1400 card, 2GB ram and 200gb hdd (although the original hdd is doing the same thing).

I have done a successful install in VMWare under Vista (just to see if I would like it and have made the decision to switch). The problem is that when I use the desktop live ISO it gets through the splash screen and then I get a blank screen as if x-win does not like the drivers or something like that. I have tried video safe mode and only get a prompt (have no idea what to do from this point) I have tried the Alternative live ISO and it seems to get to disk druid just fine. The thing is, I would rather keep this as much GUI as possible instead of text mode.

any help would be appreciative.

Thanks,
John
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by:Evelmike
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This is a very common issue with the X1400 GFX card.

Check out this thread on the Ubuntu forums. It has all the information you need.

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=2420732
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by:torimar
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The problem lies with the ATI card, I'm almost sure about that. x1300 and x1400 are reported for problems like this.

Isn't the ATI card an "optional" component? And doesn't that mean that the Onboard Intel is still there and may be selected via BIOS?

In this case, switch to the onboard adapter for installation.

Here's a report from the Ubuntu forums on how someone got it to work on a Dell desktop with ATI x1300:

--quote-
To get Ubuntu 8.04 working for my setup:
-temporarily removed the PCI-E ATI card
-installed Ubuntu using the built in nVidia graphics card and using a VGA monitor
-did all the updates - sudo apt-get updates
-installed the Envy graphics drivers - sudo apt-get install envyng-gtk
-shutdown the PC. Plugged in the PCI-E ATI card and plugged in the VGA monitor
-on reboot went to System > Administration > HardwareDrivers. enabled 3rd party drivers for the ATI Radeon card.
-shutdown the PC. Unplugged the VGA and plugged in the LCD via DVI to HDMI
-rebooted, Ubuntu is happy. Am running at 1280 x 720 can push the resolution up to 1920 x 1080
--/quote-
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by:jschultz0614
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I will try both of these this evening and report back, thanks guys.
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Actually, I ended up using the Alternative ISO to install ubuntu which works wonderfully. The first suggestion was good however, all the links are invalid.

Thanks anyway gentlemen.
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