So I recently bought a laptop :

16Go DDR4
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070
SSD 250Go

It came without any installed operating system and I would like to run both Win10 and Elementary OS.

What I have :
- Win10 installed on a 125Go partition (SSD)
- Bootable USB with latest Elementary OS release

What I want :
- Win10
- Elementary OS on the spare SSD's 125Go
- A mean to choose which system to boot

Experienced problem :
When booting on the live Elementary USB I either get :
- a completely black screen ;
- a blinking 'e' splash screen ;
- an underscore char and a black screen.

What I already tried :
- Using rufus software and messing around with its settings to create the bootable USB
- Editing the start command replacing 'quiet splash' with 'nomodeset'

I can't even get to run the live version... Elementary's logo keeps blinking over and over without going further... Doesn't my hardware have support for Elementary OS ? What am I missing ?


I managed to install Elementary OS alongside Windows 10 by plugging-in an external display. However, my initial monitor (the laptop's one) still isn't recognized by eOS.

I tried installing Nvidia additional drivers as in https://elementaryforums.com/index.php?threads/howto-install-nvidia-amd-driver-in-elementaryos-the-official-way.206/
Still no luck...
Any help on how to properly detect my laptop display would be greatly appreciated.


The laptop's monitor is working at splash screen ('e' logo showing) but nothing else happens unless I plug an external HDMI display.

  • 1
    Have you tried running Ubuntu/Other linux live CD? to see if the issue repeats there as well?
    – Mike Rodov
    May 24, 2017 at 13:24
  • How do you do any installation with a black screen?
    – Martin
    Jan 17, 2018 at 13:24

1 Answer 1


Your graphics card should be perfectly supported. I also have a 1070 in my desktop PC and assuming your information is correct you also have the desktop card in your notebook.

I dont know if this will work but try installing the newest NVIDIA driver like this in the terminal.

sudo apt-get purge nvidia*   # removes old driver and all the configs
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa       # adds repository
sudo apt-get update    # to update the repository you just added
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade # when youre at it you might as well run this to ensure you run the latest OS version
sudo apt-get install nvidia-375 # to install the driver again as of right now 375 is the newest stable version you can look that up on the nvidia website

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