Ubuntu – Blank Screen/Command prompt on Ubuntu/Window 8.1 daul boot toshiba laptop


For the last few days I have been trying to configure a laptop to dual boot. The laptop works works very well booting into both ubuntu 12.04 LTS and Widows 81. without any issue until I install item 1 (I need these updates for Android Development work). The same issue can be duplicated by installing item 2. The blank screen / command line appears after the GRUB menu.

  1. sudo apt-get install git-core gnupg flex bison gperf build-essential zip curl libc6-dev libncurses5-dev:i386 x11proto-core-dev libx11-dev:i386 libreadline6-dev:i386 libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 libgl1-mesa-dev g++-multilib mingw32 openjdk-6-jdk tofrodos python-markdown libxml2-utils xsltproc zlib1g-dev:i386 minicom tftpd uboot-mkimage expect libgl1-mesa-dri
    sudo ln -s /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/mesa/libGL.so.1 /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libGL.so
  2. sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-intel

    Per the follwing post "how do I install intel graphic drivers" It is my understanding that the Intel Graphic drivers are part of the xserver-xorg-video-intel driver package.

Note: I have reviewed other posts but doesn't seem to find a solution. Thus this post.

Main Hardware

  1. Toshiba Satellite C55-A5310
  2. Intel i3-3120M processor
  3. IntelĀ® HD Graphics 4000 (Ivy Bridge GPU)


  1. Window 8.1
  2. Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS (uname -r > 3.8.0-35-generic)

Summary of what I have tried so far:

  1. change quiet Splash to nomodeset.
  2. sudo apt-get install mesa-utils
  3. edit grub -> GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash nomodeset", GRUB_GFXMODE=1366×768, update-grub -> stuck at ubuntu splash, (starting CUPS printing spooler/server OK)


  1. Dual-boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.10 in UEFI mode

  2. Installing ubuntu along side windows 8

Best Answer

Finally I was able to resolve the issue. Following is the summary

  • Issue #1 I believe sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-intel was installing incorrect drivers for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. (Expert opinion is sorted)

Solution: Sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-lts-precise

Based on the following thread poor internet connection might have contributed to the issue. Thus went to local library to mitigate the issue.

  • Issue #3 There might have been some package management issues, suggest by this post.

Made the following changes to sources.list file to mitigate issues #3.

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

The following line were added at beginning of the file

deb mirror://mirrors.ubuntu.com/mirrors.txt precise main restricted universe multiverse
deb mirror://mirrors.ubuntu.com/mirrors.txt precise-updates main restricted universe multiverse
deb mirror://mirrors.ubuntu.com/mirrors.txt precise-backports main restricted universe multiverse
deb mirror://mirrors.ubuntu.com/mirrors.txt precise-security main restricted universe multiverse

All in all the Windows 8.1/Ubuntu 12.04 LTS stared to work as expected.

Thank you community for sharing suggestions. Hopefully someone else can benifit from these notes.

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