Ubuntu Server Displays Blank Screen After Install
Posted on 2009-04-16
We are attempting to install Ubuntu 8.10 Server and are running into a problem.
The installation goes smoothly with no errors or abnormalities what-so-ever. However, as soon as the installation completes and you are prompted to reboot, things go bad. On that reboot, or any further boot attempts, even after powering off and restarting the system, you get the GRUB loading notification and then the screen goes completely blank. Occasionally, you will see a cursor flash, but that is it.
We have tried switching to different console sessions to see if that makes a difference with no luck. When installing, we are setting this up as an SSH server, and have attempted to connect to the machine with SSH. Also, no luck, so it appears to be more than just a video problem. Also, this is a server install with no GUI what-so-ever. It is a purely text-mode boot into a console session, so I wouldn't think video issues would come into play anyway.
We have attempted this install multiple times with the same result. We have used a GParted LiveCD to completely wipe the partition table and recreate and reformat partitions prior to install to make sure no remnants of any failed attempt are left on the drive. Still no dice.
This is, BTW, on one blade of our IBM BladeCenter HS20. It has dual Xeon processors, 4.5 gigs of RAM, and dual 146 Gb SCSI drives in a mirrored RAID configuration. We have two additional blades with exactly the same specs and configuration and have been able to install Ubuntu on them with no difficulties. We have also run a full set of hardware diagnostics (e.g. RAM, hard drive, processor, etc.) on the blade, and all passed.
Any suggestions or assistance would be most appreciated!