Black Screen after choosing graphical install or text instal

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Black Screen after choosing graphical install or text instal

Postby asymptoticallyconfus » 2017-03-11 19:50

Hi, I put debian-8.7.1-amd64-DVD-1.iso on usb using unetbootin for windows. It boots into the installer fine but when I choose any of the install options the screen goes back and nothing happens. I formatted the usb using Fat32. This https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebook ... nceIII-17/ is my laptop. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I did search for issues with black screen but they all seem to be related to booting debian rather than installing.
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Re: Black Screen after choosing graphical install or text in

Postby GarryRicketson » 2017-03-11 20:07

on usb using unetbootin for windows

This "unetbootin" does not work for Debian.

You can use the 'dd' command, it will work better
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man dd

Example only:
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dd if=/home/user/debian.iso  of=/dev/sdb  bs=4M; sync[/url]

You need to use the 'lsblk' command to determine the /dev/sdx , it may 'be sdb, sdc,..etc,
[code]$ lsblk
NAME   MAJ:MIN RM   SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT
sda      8:0    0 698.7G  0 disk
├─sda1   8:1    0  34.3G  0 part
├─sda2   8:2    0     1K  0 part
├─sda3   8:3    0  34.4G  0 part
├─sda4   8:4    0 628.1G  0 part /
└─sda5   8:5    0   1.9G  0 part [SWAP]
sr0     11:0    1  1024M  0 rom
sdb      8:16   1  58.5G  0 disk
└─sdb1   8:17   1  58.5G  0 part[/code]
In this example above, the usb device is "sdb",
for more details on 'lsblk'
[code]man lsblk
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Re: Black Screen after choosing graphical install or text in

Postby Segfault » 2017-03-11 20:14

7th gen Intel and nVidia NV130, I doubt Debian 8 will work on it out of box. Actually, nouveau does not support this card yet and no Linux ships with blob as default driver.
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Re: Black Screen after choosing graphical install or text in

Postby stevepusser » 2017-03-11 20:17

Except if all you have is Windows, how are you going to use "dd"? :(

In that situation, Rufus or Etcher work quite well.

If your machine is 2015 or newer vintage, there is also a chance that Jessie won't support the video well, if at all, out of the box. : (

Edit: OK, Kaby Lake graphics. If it's like my Skylake (they share a similar architecture), you can get to a GUI on a desktop that will work with the crippled graphics, like lxde or xfce, then upgrade what you need from jessie-backports: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=131611 If you depend on wi-fi for your connection, you will need a firmware package to get it to work, and there's a chance that the driver will only be in the kernel you are trying to upgrade to (catch-22!)

Once you have full 3D acceleration, you can add GNOME if that's the desktop you were really going for.

Your other option is to try the next upcoming Debian release, Stretch, which is currently in its final form and now just getting bugs squished.
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Re: Black Screen after choosing graphical install or text in

Postby phenest » 2017-03-11 21:12

asymptoticallyconfus wrote:It boots into the installer fine but when I choose any of the install options the screen goes back and nothing happens.

How long does it stay black for? I have a computer that does that, and then continues again after a couple of minutes. What happens if you simply wait for a few minutes?
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Re: Black Screen after choosing graphical install or text in

Postby asymptoticallyconfus » 2017-03-11 23:39

stevepusser wrote:Except if all you have is Windows, how are you going to use "dd"? :(

In that situation, Rufus or Etcher work quite well.

If your machine is 2015 or newer vintage, there is also a chance that Jessie won't support the video well, if at all, out of the box. : (

Edit: OK, Kaby Lake graphics. If it's like my Skylake (they share a similar architecture), you can get to a GUI on a desktop that will work with the crippled graphics, like lxde or xfce, then upgrade what you need from jessie-backports: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=131611 If you depend on wi-fi for your connection, you will need a firmware package to get it to work, and there's a chance that the driver will only be in the kernel you are trying to upgrade to (catch-22!)

Once you have full 3D acceleration, you can add GNOME if that's the desktop you were really going for.

Your other option is to try the next upcoming Debian release, Stretch, which is currently in its final form and now just getting bugs squished.


Thanks for the info, I will try yours and phenests suggestions.
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