Ubuntu – Installing Ubuntu 16.04 on MSI GE72MVR, system freezes when I restart


I'm trying to install Ubuntu 16.04 beside Windows 10 on my MSI laptop GE72MVR. The process goes well until the last action: rebooting, then it freezes.

I had to shutdown manually (long press on power). I can start Ubuntu normally but can't access my session. Guest session works fine (I thought it was a graphical issue, does that mean it's not?).

If I select "Try Ubuntu" in the installer it will also freeze. I can just see the wallpaper and the bar on top.

I'm using an USB stick made on Windows with Rufus and the .iso file for desktop 16.04.3. I also tried to make a bootable usb from my other Linux computer, but the same thing occurs.

Hardware: cpu intel i7700, gpu nvidia gtx1070.

Best Answer

The problem is most likely with graphic card driver. In grub entery, press E and in the new page add nomodeset before quiet splash. This disable default driver. Press F10 to return to login page. Follow the instruction in : How can I uninstall a nvidia driver completely ? to remove old driver. Then reboot and login in using nomodeset again. Then you should install new driver. Don't download driver from Nvidia website. It's likely to be incompatible. You should download it from ppa repository:

sudo add-apt-repositorty ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa

sudo app-get update

sudo app-get install nvidia-381

Then restart computer and you'll be able to login normally.