I downloaded linux mint 20.2 official iso file and wrote it in to usb flash drive. I disabled secure boot in bios and booted from USB device.

Than I get GRUB 2.04 menu with these options:

  • Start Linux Mint 20.2 Cinnamon 64-bit
  • Start Linux Mint 20.2 Cinnamon 64-bit (compatibility mode)
  • OEM install (for manufactures)
  • Check the integrity of the medium

No matter what I choose it will result in to irresponsive black screen.

What should I do to make it boot and make functional install ?
Thank you for help

PS: Notebook islenovo S740 with Nvidia graphics card


  • I tried to force integrated graphics in BIOS. This did not change anything.
  • The compatible mode has nomodeset as parameter. When I choose it I get same result.
  • Yes I did checksum and image is matching published hash
  • replacing nomodeset with nouveau.noaccel=1 in compatibility mode does not change anything
  • I downloaded and tried to install Linux mint 20.2 edge with kernel 5.11 issue still remains
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    How long are you waiting? It can take a few minutes for the Live USB to load, and the screen appears black during this period. Also, Linux Mint supports secure boot out of the box, Please stop disabling secureboot! your USB would work with secureboot enabled! Commented Jan 6, 2022 at 15:45
  • @dcom-launch Something around 15 minutes Commented Jan 6, 2022 at 15:46
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    This most likely has something to do with the Nvidia card not having the correct drivers to be able to display. I found this forum post from someone with a similar issue, they had to add a a command line parameter to one of the options in GRUB before booting. See linux.org/threads/linux-mint-wont-install-black-screen.13482 Commented Jan 6, 2022 at 15:50
  • Try with the boot option nomodeset (workaround fro the nvidia graphics).
    – sudodus
    Commented Jan 6, 2022 at 16:58
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    @sudodus yes I verified image using sha256. What other tool you suggest to write iso to USB flash drive ? I would like to preferably install mint with cinnamon because it is "just werks" and UI is similar to windows. Choosing other distribution is option if I will not find way hoe to fix this. Commented Jan 6, 2022 at 21:26

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You can use startup disk creator to make your stick. It should be ok though. ( Have to do it this way since I cannot comment yet. )


Also had black video issue after installing and rebooting Mint-21 "Vanessa" on my wife's 15+ year old Hp Pavilion Desktop. Simply went into system BIOS /hardware and changed "graphics" to "onboard" (motherboard). Rebooted, works great!

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