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Booting Ubuntu: Temporarily stuck on a purple screen


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#1 awesomearc

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Posted 03 December 2015 - 02:41 AM

Hello. I've recently installed Ubuntu, and in my opinion, it's 100x better than Windows! :)

 

All is fine, and my system is working very smoothly.

 

There have been no major problems so far.

 

The only (probably very minor) problem I've encountered is that when I boot Ubuntu, I temporarily get stuck on an all-purple screen for 15 to 20 secs before the Ubuntu logo appears.

 

No, I am not talking about the grub bootloader. On the bootloader screen, when I press enter on 'Ubuntu', the first item in the list, I temporarily get stuck on the all-purple screen. There's no text or anything on the screen. It's just a blank, purple screen.

 

It has not been causing me any issues, but I don't like waiting on the screen for 15 to 20 secs, that's all.


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Posted 03 December 2015 - 07:01 AM

(I'm going by memory here, my Ubuntu box is at home) If you're getting to the purple screen, you've gotten past the kernel loading and are into system init stuff.  There may be indications in /var/log/messages (sudo cat /var/log/messages), perhaps in the X log (should be /var/log/X.0.log or something like that).  Delay may be caused by "system configuration":  bringing up network interfaces, probing for hardware changes, etc.  When you finally get to log in, try hitting "Ctrl-Alt-F1" (yes, all 3 keys together) that will switch you to the "first virtual console" and should show boot messages.  There may be indications there. (To get back to the X environment, try hitting "Alt-F7" to swtich to "virtual console 7".  If it is not the X enviroment, try Alt-<one of the other F keys>  Alt-F2, Alt-F3, etc.)


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Posted 03 December 2015 - 10:49 AM

. . .  I temporarily . . . get . . .  all-purple screen  . . . for 15 to 20 secs . . . 

 

Awsomearc,

 

If the next screen you see is the log in, (or your desktop, if you have auto log in,) then it is possible that the system cannot find the "splash" screen to display during the boot process.

 

The splash screen graphic file may be missing or corrupt.

 

Try hitting the <esc> key, when the purple first appears.  This should tell the system to clear the splash screen an allow you to view the boot process.

 

Cheers!

 

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Posted 03 December 2015 - 04:26 PM

Yeah sounds like a issue with Plymouth the startup screen loader. I had the same issue with Ubuntu once or twice and is usually related to your graphics card. I would not worry about it as making Plymouth work can complicate things

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Posted 03 December 2015 - 05:01 PM

Sorry for the off topic guys, just wanted to make sure AwesomeARC did not miss this.  Very informative Post from NickAu1 with references:

 

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/544169/ubuntu-desktop-computing-made-easy-trusty-1404-lts/

 

Let's revisit this also in case you forgot, I know it's a lot to learn a new OS all at once so there is no pressure.  This was from before, so that you can post all your Specs if you need to.  No need for a screenshot, just Copy from Terminal and Paste to Thread Post.

 

"If you want to post them just Copy Paste sudo apt-get install inxi into Terminal and hit Enter.  Then Copy Paste inxi -Fxz into Terminal and hit Enter, and Copy Paste the outcome to the beginning of your new Threads, or/and here also if you like."

sudo apt-get install inxi
inxi -Fxz

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Posted 04 December 2015 - 02:47 AM

If the next screen you see is the log in, (or your desktop, if you have auto log in,) then it is possible that the system cannot find the "splash" screen to display during the boot process.

 

No, actually, I mean this:

 

GRUB > Purple Screen > Ubuntu Logo > Login Screen > Desktop


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Posted 04 December 2015 - 02:49 AM


Copy Paste the outcome to the beginning of your new Threads, or/and here also if you like.

 

System:    Host: awesome-linux Kernel: 4.2.0-16-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.2.1)
           Desktop: Unity 7.3.2 (Gtk 3.16.7-0ubuntu3)
           Distro: Ubuntu 15.10 wily
Machine:   System: Dell product: Inspiron One 2020
           Mobo: Dell model: 0YXG0N v: A00 Bios: Dell v: A05 date: 01/30/2013
CPU:       Dual core Intel Pentium G2020T (-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 9977
           clock speeds: max: 2500 MHz 1: 1610 MHz 2: 1700 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Xeon E3-1200 v2/3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller
           bus-ID: 00:02.0
           Display Server: X.Org 1.17.2 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1600x900@60.00hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Ivybridge Desktop
           GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 11.0.2 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card Intel 6 Series/C200 Series Family High Definition Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.2.0-16-generic
Network:   Card-1: Qualcomm Atheros AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter
           driver: ath9k bus-ID: 02:00.0
           IF: wlp2s0 state: up mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller
           driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: e000 bus-ID: 03:00.0
           IF: enp3s0 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-3: Atheros usb-ID: 001-005
           IF: null-if-id state: N/A speed: N/A duplex: N/A mac: N/A
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 2016.7GB (26.7% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST1000DM003 size: 1000.2GB temp: 36C
           ID-2: USB /dev/sdb model: Silicon size: 16.3GB temp: 0C
           ID-3: USB /dev/sdc model: Hard_Drive size: 1000.2GB temp: 0C
Partition: ID-1: / size: 52G used: 4.9G (11%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda6
           ID-2: /home size: 30G used: 720M (3%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda7
           ID-3: swap-1 size: 2.72GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda8
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 61.0C mobo: 27.8C
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 185 Uptime: 5 min Memory: 668.5/3842.0MB
           Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.2.1
           Client: Shell (bash 4.3.421) inxi: 2.2.16
 


Edited by awesomearc, 04 December 2015 - 02:53 AM.

Usually, I do not get online before 1:00 PM or after 10:00 PM (my local time).

 

So, if I do not reply to a thread where I am currently active, make sure you check my local time to see if it's time for me to be online or not. :)


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Posted 04 December 2015 - 02:52 AM

I don't know if this is related to the 'problem' or not, but anyway, I am posting this:

 

When I boot up Ubuntu from LiveUSB, I temporarily get a black screen with 4 lines of text.

 

I don't remember the lines exactly, but I remember these words:

 

Intel, pch, fifo, underrun

 

EDIT: Those lines are error messages!


Edited by awesomearc, 04 December 2015 - 05:17 AM.

Usually, I do not get online before 1:00 PM or after 10:00 PM (my local time).

 

So, if I do not reply to a thread where I am currently active, make sure you check my local time to see if it's time for me to be online or not. :)


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Posted 04 December 2015 - 09:45 AM

Here is a link to help others help you, don't use it on your own because I don't know enough about it.  Seems as though a good source and the problem fixed on #5

 

https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+question/266765

 

EDIT:  Wait, maybe I miss-read the issue, and this link is not appropiate, but seems it is graphics.  I'll leave this link though in case it helps.


Edited by pcpunk, 04 December 2015 - 10:06 AM.

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Posted 04 December 2015 - 09:46 AM

And you should probably be using an LTS-14.04 or Mint.


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Posted 04 December 2015 - 10:02 AM

I agree, 14.04 may be more suitable for this hardware.

I get some error every time I boot up with Lubuntu 15.04 which I put down to a lack of compatibility between my older hardware and a 15.04 release, but no issues with Kubuntu 14.04.

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Posted 04 December 2015 - 10:06 AM

EDIT in post #9  Sorry got confused.


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Posted 04 December 2015 - 10:35 AM

14.04 may be more suitable for this hardware.

 

What?! Should I downgrade now?


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Posted 04 December 2015 - 11:03 AM

For us home users, best to stick with an LTS.

 

If you have time would you post the output of 

lspci

I'm not really one to advise, just trying to help out a little while I got time.

 

Looks as though you have this Video Card:  nVidia GF119M [GeForce 610M]  and maybe this is an issue but I am not sure.  Once you get a more stable OS on there then someone can further help you imo.


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Posted 04 December 2015 - 11:15 AM

If you have time would you post the output of 

lspci

 

Here's the output

 

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v2/3rd Gen Core processor DRAM Controller (rev 09)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v2/3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller (rev 09)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 (rev 05)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 05)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev b5)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 3 (rev b5)
00:1c.5 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 6 (rev b5)
00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 (rev 05)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation H61 Express Chipset Family LPC Controller (rev 05)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family 4 port SATA IDE Controller (rev 05)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller (rev 05)
00:1f.5 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family 2 port SATA IDE Controller (rev 05)
02:00.0 Network controller: Qualcomm Atheros AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter (rev 01)
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 07)

 

 

Looks as though you have this Video Card:  nVidia GF119M [GeForce 610M]

 

No, I have this video card:

 

Intel HD Graphics, 1696 MB memory


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