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When I want to use an Ubuntu 8.04 live cd the screen stays black

How can I use the ubuntu 8.04 live cd on a Acer Aspire M1641?

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  • ariej Jan 07, 2009

    Getting into the bios settings does not solve the problem?
    Does acpi=off solve the problem?

  • ariej Jan 09, 2009

    The system detects the cd. It tries to boot and then it does nothing.

    The computer works with vista en has raid.

    Don't ask me what kind of raid. I don't know how to check this out.

    I think its the raid that causes the problem, but I'm not sure.

    I haven't had the time to try 'acpi=off'.


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U need to configure your computer to boot from the ubuntu cd inorder to use the live cd. For doing this you need to set your boot device priority with preference to cd drive as first boot device. You can get into the bios settings by typing delete, F2, F12 (this depends upon your motherboard model). Go through the options in the BIOS until you find an option to change the boot priority. After setting it, save and restart the system with the cd in the drive. Select the option in the cd as "Try ubuntu without changes to my computer". ENJOY :-) Don't forget to rate my solution. Regards

Posted on Jan 07, 2009

  • Arish Shareef
    Arish Shareef Jan 07, 2009

    is the system detecting the cd? is it trying to boot from it?
    what is the exact msg u r getting?


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