Annoying problem installing Ubuntu 8.04

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by SriKrishna108, May 10, 2014.

  1. SriKrishna108, May 10, 2014
    Last edited: May 10, 2014

    SriKrishna108 macrumors newbie


    Jan 4, 2014
    So I have been trying to dual-boot Ubuntu Linux 8.04 on my MacBook, but it just hangs on a plain black screen after I tell it to either try it before installing or just install it!:mad:
    I tried Safe Graphics Mode, didn't help. What gives, and how do I fix it??:confused:
    I hear it's a common problem with NVIDIA GPUs, which I have one (GeForce 9400M 256 MB).

    Thanks in advance.
  2. macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2014
    Porto, Portugal
    Weren't those problems solved on recent Ubuntu releases?
  3. Henk Poley macrumors regular

    Sep 22, 2008
  4. Quackers macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2013
    Manchester, UK
    You may need a boot prompt such as nomodeset to get video working.
    Having said that Ubuntu 8-04 is old and consequently uses old kernels.
    As suggested above a newer version would have more support for more recent hardware. I would try something as late as 14-04, even.
  5. SriKrishna108 thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jan 4, 2014
    Tried 14.04...

    I tried 14.04, and it's just giving me a whole new set of problems, even with nomodeset. It hangs on this purple screen with all these dots that cycle white and orange (perhaps a something scrambled?). What gives?!

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