There is no monitor signal while booting Ubuntu Gutsy. Just only a bank screen during booting the system. This problem is also seen again after you shutdown the Ubuntu Gutsy. How can you fix this problem? Don't worry! Hopefully, this post can help you to solve the problem.

First, you should install a startup manager. This tool allows you to change settings in the bootloader and splash screen in Ubuntu Gutsy. Run the following line in your terminal to install this tool.

sudo aptitude install startupmanager

Then, you start up this tool as a root user
sudo startupmanager
You will see a Startup-Manager window like this

Look at the bottom of the window, you have marked all options (Show bootloader menu, Show boot splash, and Show text during boot) like the following picture.

Click "Close" and continue to next step.

You open the usplash configuration file

sudo gedit /etc/usplash.conf

Maybe, the content of your configuration file like this

# Usplash configuration file

You change the resolution in this file to

# Usplash configuration file

Save file and reboot your Ubuntu box to see the effect. What is your result?


  1. aks // 11/8/07, 10:04 PM  

    I used startup manager to fix my usplash screen.
    However, I set the screen resolution in the manager to my laptop's actual resolution (1024x768).
    This works fine, boot up is in about 30 seconds.

  2. Anonymous // 11/19/07, 3:26 AM  

    But how to do this when the LiveCD boots into a black screen? cant access terminal, ctrl+alt+backspace is not working, nothing seems to work and have to manually power off !

  3. Anonymous // 2/22/08, 3:03 AM  

    Thank you! It worked for me :)

  4. Anonymous // 2/26/08, 1:34 AM  

    Awesome , thanks allot this solved my restart/shutdown problems.

  5. Anonymous // 4/17/08, 7:03 AM  

    Awesome Dude, Ubuntu Rocks, so as you !!!

  6. Anonymous // 11/22/08, 6:44 PM  

    thanks for the start-up is ow awesome....

  7. Anonymous // 3/9/09, 8:40 AM  

    Excellent, It did work for me, thanks a lot.