Mac mini screen blank after boot on ubuntu 14.04.05


After a fresh install of ubuntu 14.04.05 on a mac mini built late 2014, the kernel boots and the console goes black. I’m not sure why it happens, probably has to do with the graphic Intel Haswell-ULT Integrated Graphics Controller. Since graphics is not needed on mon/app servers, we can just disable them with the following:

At boot time press e and add quiet nomodeset to the linux line, at the end. That will allow you to get the tty prompt. Once logged in, make the change permanent with:

  • edit /etc/default/grub
  • set GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=“quiet nomodeset” (it should be empty)
  • update-grub



Tested in production and these instruction work out well!

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