I've been trying to install Debian and I've done the following in order to try to fix this:

Both Standard and Graphical install methods have the problem:

  1. Changed USB drives.
  2. Added the fb=false parameter to boot
  3. Tried Testing build (stretch) and Stable build.
  4. Added nomodeset to the boot parameters
  5. Tried both normal and graphical install (screenshots attached)

My computer is an HP Probook 440 G2 with a core i5 and Intel HD 4400 Graphics running in UEFI mode. I need it UEFI mode since Legacy BIOS (and MBR drive partitioning) is unacceptable

Anything else I can try to get it working?

  • Do you get the same result with different distributions? I'd start with Ubuntu. Commented Jun 14, 2017 at 6:31
  • I've installed Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Kubuntu and Arch Linux multiple times over the last 3 years with no issues at all. This is the first time I'm seeing an install screen with this Glitch. Even Kali (which is a derivative) installs without a hitch. Commented Jun 14, 2017 at 9:21
  • Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Kubuntu are also derivatives of Debian, directly or indirectly. It's strange that you are having this problem only with Debian. Whar driver does your graphics card use, and is it using the same driver in the other distributions? Commented Jun 14, 2017 at 15:32
  • @FaheemMitha From what I read on some forums the installer uses an old version of the driver and supposedly the installer also works in Legacy mode but not UEFI mode. Commented Jun 14, 2017 at 16:31
  • In that case, update the driver. :-) Commented Jun 14, 2017 at 16:38

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I know I'm late, but I had the same problem and I have found a way to solve it, I made a post about it:

Troubleshoot problems with screen resolution (graphics) in GNU/Linux installers (Grub)

I hope this will help many people and that developers will stop using predefined grub resolutions.

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