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November 1, 2008

Ubuntu 8.10 Freezes After Login Screen

Filed under: Linux, ubuntu — Tags: , , , , , — Benaiah @ 12:13 pm

Some integrated Intel graphics cards are having a hard time with the new Ubuntu 8.10 release.  The symtom is that after the install you can’t get past the login screen.  It accepts your login but instead of loading the desktop all you see is a black or tan screen (sometimes my mouse would move and other times it wouldn’t).  This happens because the graphics card cannot handle the compiz special effects. To fix the problem you need to remove compiz.  Here’s how:

1. From the Grub boot menu slect the “recovery mode” option.

2. Select “root       Drop to root shell prompt”

Type the following at the prompt:

3. sudo apt-get remove compiz

4. sudo apt-get remove compiz-core

5. exit

6. Select “resume      Resume normal boot”

You should now be up and running!  If you want to try to use compiz later install it through the Synaptic Package Manager.



  1. have the exact problem and followed steps but it didnt fix it. any other suggestions?

    Comment by andy — November 1, 2008 @ 5:39 pm

    • Its working thanks

      Comment by Amit — November 12, 2009 @ 3:14 am

  2. Good to see you blogging again! Wouldn’t mind a personal entry now and then. ;)

    Comment by Zoot — November 2, 2008 @ 5:47 am

  3. Thanks for posting this fix. I had the same problem with an old Dell GX100 I was installing Ubuntu 8.10 on.

    I followed your instructions and it worked! I thought I was gonna have to install another distro.

    Comment by Jake — November 10, 2008 @ 7:28 am

  4. Perfect !

    Comment by Kurt — November 12, 2008 @ 5:27 am

  5. Thanks

    Comment by mbz — November 15, 2008 @ 10:22 am

  6. Thanks for posting this solution!

    Comment by Joshua — November 16, 2008 @ 9:26 pm

  7. You have saved me! Thanks a lot! :-)

    Comment by Dario — November 21, 2008 @ 4:58 pm

  8. Thanks a lot…It worked.

    Comment by Durai Prasanna — December 15, 2008 @ 2:07 am

  9. I had the same issue on a Dell Inspiron 1100. Your fix worked like a charm. Thanks much!

    Comment by Ben — December 19, 2008 @ 7:16 pm

  10. Thanks a ton – solved my issue on my Dell Inspiron 1100 as well!!!!

    Comment by Mike — December 21, 2008 @ 4:14 pm

    If you upgraded or installed Ubuntu 8.10 and you get a black/blank screen after you login, or if you change your resolution and you get a black screen, then try this:
    If you haven’t already tried logging into FailSafe Gnome, click options in the bottom left, then Session, then select Failsafe Gnome.
    If that didn’t work, and you haven’t already removed compiz, boot into recovery and go into a shell (or ctrl+alt+f1 if you’re at the login), type:
    sudo apt-get remove compiz
    sudo apt-get remove compiz-core
    If that didn’t work or you haven’t already tried xfix, then boot into recovery mode and a menu will come up. Select the last option, xfix. Alternatively, you can type:
    sudo dpkg-recofigure -phigh xserver-xorg

    Finally, if all that didn’t work, try simply deleting your ~/.config/ directory:
    sudo rm -rf ~/.config

    That last one finally worked for me! I was so happy!
    Any questions, just email me:

    Comment by Dremth — January 2, 2009 @ 11:35 pm

    • All was well till i changed the screen resolution then i couldn’t log in to ubuntu any more i tried everything but this tip worked

      Finally, if all that didn’t work, try simply deleting your ~/.config/ directory:
      sudo rm -rf ~/.config

      Comment by ron — April 24, 2010 @ 3:37 pm

  12. Working on inspiron 1100 as main OS,
    thank you for your solution.

    Comment by andres jimenez guerra — January 5, 2009 @ 9:25 am

  13. Worked well ‘nigh perfectly the first time I tried it on my Inspiron 1100. The second time, it seemed to reboot again into a black screen, but I’m going to try it again to make sure I didn’t do something wrong. Thanks!

    Comment by Elliot — January 6, 2009 @ 2:15 pm

  14. Hey worked well. Any idea on how to upgrade the firma ware for compiz to work

    Comment by Subbu — January 9, 2009 @ 10:58 pm

  15. mmm, 2nd reboot and it shows the black screen.

    anything to make it work every time with out having to write,

    1. From the Grub boot menu slect the “recovery mode” option.
    2. Select “root Drop to root shell prompt”
    Type the following at the prompt:
    3. sudo apt-get remove compiz
    4. sudo apt-get remove compiz-core
    5. exit
    6. Select “resume Resume normal boot”


    Comment by andres jimenez guerra — January 10, 2009 @ 10:22 am

  16. Thanks! You saved my day!

    Comment by jalve — January 10, 2009 @ 2:47 pm

  17. oh I did it but my problem dosnt solved I just see a black screen

    Comment by ساقی — January 11, 2009 @ 10:17 pm

  18. Thanks! This helped!

    Comment by tommi — January 12, 2009 @ 10:11 am

  19. Thanks! Worked perfectly!

    Comment by Vatsan — January 13, 2009 @ 10:30 am

  20. Excellent! Worked a treat on a fresh install on an old HP Pavilion. Many thanks!

    Comment by Simon — January 15, 2009 @ 11:25 am


    Comment by nader sadek — January 22, 2009 @ 12:53 pm

  22. Freaking SWEEEET! It worked! Thank you!!!

    Comment by Gabe — January 24, 2009 @ 3:48 pm

  23. That worked for me – thanks!

    Comment by Martin — January 27, 2009 @ 12:23 pm

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  25. thanks a lot.

    It worked for me.

    Comment by karun — January 30, 2009 @ 12:43 pm

  26. Im 13 and i have bin trying to fix this for 3 hours! THANKS!!!!!

    Comment by Mitch — February 1, 2009 @ 6:02 pm

  27. Thank you for the help on how to get rid of black screen startup for Dell 1100. My Dell 1100 persists in spite of all the help. Now I can get screen in TTY 1, then exit into regular mode.

    Why is the screen available in TTY mode, and what do I do to get it to boot to the “regular” opening screen?

    Comment by Charles Wells — February 6, 2009 @ 7:51 pm

  28. Thanks a lot!
    It worked wonderful for me!

    Comment by gaiad — February 8, 2009 @ 6:32 am

  29. Awesome.
    Worked like a charm.

    Comment by stimulus — February 8, 2009 @ 10:46 pm

  30. Many thanks – so easy and it now works fine – system installed on Dell Optiflex GX 260

    Comment by Steve — February 8, 2009 @ 11:21 pm

  31. F’ing worked! Nice job …you just ended about 4 hours of xorg hell.

    Comment by Kyle — February 14, 2009 @ 11:46 am

  32. Awesome thanks for the help. Will Ubuntu automatically add compiz back in it’s updates? I just installed and I have a slew of updates (245) and I could not see if compiz was one of them? I assume if it is then you have to remove it again. Thanks for the tip.

    Comment by Koni — February 14, 2009 @ 12:29 pm

  33. I had to get a terminal session and run the command. Doing this through the grub/root session did not work. It would through some warnings and errors. So I booted back to the GUI and selected a failsafe terminal session. This time the sudo commands worked and now I have a desktop!

    Comment by Tom — February 15, 2009 @ 10:45 pm

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  35. This worked beautifully. Thanks.

    Comment by joel — February 24, 2009 @ 8:57 am

  36. Same Problem… fixed with your post Thanks.

    Comment by Carlos — February 24, 2009 @ 11:55 am

  37. Working on an older Dell Dimension 2400 and could not get 8.10 to load – found your blog and in just a few minutes I was logged in and using the OS – THANKS!!

    Comment by Lori — March 13, 2009 @ 10:07 pm

  38. Yap, removing compiz does the trick

    Comment by qilla — March 18, 2009 @ 8:21 am

  39. Thanks man this worked perfectly. It booted up and is now up and running smoothly.

    Comment by MarK — March 24, 2009 @ 12:21 pm

  40. Nothing worked for me and i am really struggling with this.
    Can any one please explain the steps in detail.
    I am very much new to this Unix and i couldn’t understand it perfectly.
    Thanks in advance

    Comment by Manoj — March 29, 2009 @ 1:07 am

  41. Praise be to you, good sir. 10,000 internets bestowed upon you! This was driving me insane until I read this and successfully booted for the first time (on a Compaq, no less). LoLz. Awesome.

    Comment by Jeremy — April 9, 2009 @ 1:59 am

  42. Thanks a bunch. Worked like a charm.

    Comment by Brian — April 13, 2009 @ 10:33 am

  43. Did not work for me. Now I donot get login screen even.

    thanks any way

    Comment by ferdaus — May 28, 2009 @ 7:25 am

  44. Thanks! Just revitalized an old gateway desktop–this fix was just the solution I was looking for!

    Comment by poobuntu — June 15, 2009 @ 2:15 pm

  45. ok. I am running ubuntu 9.04 and i tried to enable the blurred windows effect on my computer. now i am having the problem stated above. i tried your solution but it didn’t work. I dont have a live CD either any help for a poor old fool? if not then I might have to install hammer on my computer applied with much force.

    Comment by Robert Grow — June 26, 2009 @ 12:30 pm

  46. Great tip!, thanks for sharing it to the world. This just made my very old Thinkpad A30p stop struggling with Ubuntu at log in.

    Comment by Jorge — October 25, 2009 @ 9:00 pm

  47. thanks..

    Comment by cik aso — November 1, 2009 @ 4:15 am

  48. Thanks a lot.
    It helped me to show the desktop.

    Comment by Jeevaraja Paul — January 30, 2010 @ 9:49 pm

  49. ¡ YOU SAVE MY DAY !
    I was about buying a new server,
    Thank you,

    Comment by Federico — February 19, 2010 @ 8:14 am

  50. Thanks in advance.

    Comment by khoaxt — May 12, 2010 @ 7:25 pm

  51. Thanks….. right on the money….
    worked…that was the exact problem I was facing…

    Comment by RajeevG — May 18, 2010 @ 10:41 am

  52. It worked perfect. Make sure you do both
    sudo apt-get remove compiz
    sudo apt-get remove compiz-core

    Thank you guys

    Comment by DJ — July 17, 2010 @ 7:11 am

  53. thank you so much for this, worked a treat on an old IBM workstation. Now up and running.

    Comment by neil — October 21, 2010 @ 2:23 pm

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