[xubuntu-users] White Screen at CD boot

Fred Roller fredroller66 at gmail.com
Sat Apr 12 22:06:25 UTC 2014

On 04/09/2014 01:50 PM, Wee Dram wrote:
> Hello,
> I am trying to install Xubuntu on my old laptop. It is a Toshiba 
> Satellite 5000 running a Pentium III at 1.10 Ghz with 512 MB RAM and a 
> 37.5 GB Hard-drive. It is presently running XP. It has a NVIDIA 
> GeForce4 440 Go (Toshiba) video card.
> I want to first try it without installing but I'm having problems 
> getting past the first steps.
> In summary: I burned a CD. I tried it on the computer but the screen 
> went white after a few moments. I tried the CD on a newer Toshiba and 
> it seems to work fine. After checking various help sources, I was able 
> to get to the boot menu on the older computer and try a few options 
> there:
> Deleting the 'quiet splash' command
> Choosing the nomodeset
> Adding the following, individually, to the boot options lineAdding 
> i915.modset=0
> xforcevesa
> fb=false
> vga=771
> The final result of doing each of these was the same: a white screen 
> with lots of CD activity for several minutes (as if the whole process 
> is proceeding) and then no CD activity.
> I am a total novice with this kind of thing so any and all suggestions 
> of next steps are welcome.
> Regards,
> Ross
Ross, been thinking on your issue.  Do you know if the laptop boots from 
usb?  if not do you have either a) a built in 3.5" floppy drive? or b) 
an external usb drive?

On a system which has internet access and a usb port go here:


and download unetbootin appropriate to the OS you are working from 
(Windows in the case of the Satellite for example.)

Once the program is installed put a thumbdrive, 1Gb ought to due, in a 
usb port.  Once it is recognized then run unetbootin.  There should be 
two option, Distrobution and Diskimage.  Choose the latter, Diskimage.  
Browse to the ISO you already have downloaded and select.  Ensure your 
thumbdrive is listed in the "Drive" drop down menu then click OK.  Do 
not reboot, just exit /and/ eject the thumbdrive.

If you can boot from usb (enter into bios and push it up the boot 
priority or hit the boot menu key, f12 I believe for your system)

Insert thumbdrive into the Satellite and power on if you know it will 
boot from USB.  Push the boot menu key (F12?) and select USB. Xubuntu 
should boot like the CD from there.  Choose try before install etc. etc. 
It has been my experience that sometimes the faster usb over the cd 
makes a difference in booting don't know why, perhaps timeouts.

If you can/not/ boot from usb then create the thumbdrive as above and go 
to here:


and download the plpbt 5.0.14 zip file.  Unpack the file and burn a cd 
with the .iso file in the unzipped directory.  This program will allow 
you to boot from usb.  Place the CD in the drive and the usb an 
available slot. Boot the system and from the menu which comes up you 
choose usb.  The system should boot as normal from there. Again, choose 
Try before installing etc.

As this has worked for me in the past when cds would not boot I am 
hoping it will help you.


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