Black screen upon starting up Kubuntu

Alan Dacey Sr. grokit at
Thu Mar 11 23:19:31 UTC 2010

On Thursday 11 March 2010 04:05:53 pm Dotan Cohen wrote:
> On 11 March 2010 03:14, Keith Clark <keithclark at> wrote:
> > I have an up to date installation of Ubuntu/Kubuntu 10.04 Alpha 3 and I
> > cannot seem to start up Kubuntu.  It starts, I see the initial startup
> > screen, it fades to a black background.  Akonadi starts up fine but
> > turns black right after that.  I can hit Alt-F2 and the command window
> > pops up.  I can hit ctl-alt-del and the logout window pops up fine but I
> > cannot do much else as I cannot see any menu bars or backgrounds.
> > 
> > Any help would be appreciated.
> > 
> > Keith
> To everybody who is posting about similar issues: please find the bug
> and comment on it. Failing that, file the bug! That is why you use
> 10.04, right? To file bugs?

I would but I can't be sure it's not my hardware.  I've got an EVGA 780i 
mainboard and the bios decides to get corrupted every year or so.  It plays 
games with the hard drive controllers and PCI bus.  After I flash to the newest 
bios it takes a while before it settles down and goes fast and strong for 
another couple of months - until the next time.  The utter FAIL happened a 
little while ago and it was still being difficult as of last week.  My /tmp got 
hosed and I had to install 9.04 in another partition to clean it up and have a 
working computer for two days.  It would not even boot from a USB then either.  
No problems since then so I'll probably reinstall 10.04 this weekend.

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the support of a cause we believe to be just."
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