Fedora 29 install leads to black screen and blinking cursor

asked 2019-04-02 13:59:07 -0500

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Hello, I am a complete Fedora beginner. I am trying to install it for the first time onto a brand new desktop with an Intel i5 processor and a Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mini ITX OC 6G graphics card but am having some trouble. I created a bootable live USB using Fedora Media Writer. However, when I make it to the GRUB and choose "Start Fedora-Workstation-Live29", I am left with just a black screen and a blinking cursor. I cannot type anything or move the mouse. I also tried going back to the GRUB and selected "Test this media & start Fedora-Workstation-Live 29" but after seemingly successfully verifying the integrity of the drive, the same thing happens.

It seems to be an issue with the GPU not being recognized, but I don't know how to fix it. I believe that it has something to do with configuring the boot options, as described here and here, but I am hesitant to play around with that because I have no idea what I am doing. I saw something about changing 'nomodeset' that could (?) help, or possibly doing inst.xdriver=vesa to change to the basic graphics driver. Any guidance would be really appreciated.

I have seen similar issues online, namely these:

Help blinking cursor when installing fedora 29

Blinking underscore when booting from USB

Fresh install hangs on boot black screen blinking cursor

But they haven't helped me solve this.

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the blinking cursor means in the end, the boot process got stuck and that so early, that most likely even the kernel wasn't loaded. That is hard to debug. Try this please: https://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/...

you can change the boot entry inside grub, when you select the "Start Fedora" and press "e" to edit it. Find the line "linux" and add at the end the mentioned option. If your computer does not start in vesa mode,it may never boot this kernel. You could try a different kernel with an ubuntu livedisk afterwards.

rdtcustomercare gravatar imagerdtcustomercare ( 2019-04-03 16:55:41 -0500 )edit