Tried to give some new life to my old Macbook White Mid 2010 with Elementary:

1st First install

  • rEFInd is installed
  • Elementary Live version runs fine
  • Once installed and system updated (apart from video driver), Elementary will eventually, (after around 10-15 mins, freezes the UI, but still move the cursor. Some time it unfreezes itself, throwing me to the login screen again.

I researched and found that it could be related to video drivers. Ended up installing something related to ppa on the Terminal. Not sure. I am not this kind of user. It didn't work and I ended with a black screen after the Elementary "E" symbol is gone after boot.

2nd Install

So I did a fresh install. Updated everything, got a freeze again. Later with the laptop on, it unfroze, and the the updater shown a nvidia-340 driver. I installed on it. As well as another kernel-something driver.

Now I got a black screen again and I have no idea on what to do. Can't boot press CTRL+Alt+F1 to access the command line.

I read about something of nomodeset on GRUB, but I don't know how to access it. Pressing repeatedly the E key on keyboard before Elemtary logo shows up won't do nothing.

Stack Exchange suggested this as I wrote the title, but I can't access the tty, as nothing is displayed after the "E" logo disappears.

  • Pressing e should be done when you see the GRUB with list of kernels to start. See this thread where I explained how to get into the grub config file to modify it. Step by step guide. Try to follow cautiously elementaryos.stackexchange.com/q/25200/19988 Of course you must skip some steps. Just enter the single mode, edit the /etc/default/grub and add after splash quiet nomodeset. Save, exit, restart.
    – Sysadmin
    Commented Jul 14, 2020 at 19:10
  • Do not forget about grub2-mkconfig after change in grub config. I provided the exact command in the link I gave you.
    – Sysadmin
    Commented Jul 14, 2020 at 19:16
  • @Sysadmin I will try this, but I can't really access GRUB screen. Seems like there's a way to do the same using rEFInd. Thanks for answering. Commented Jul 14, 2020 at 20:35
  • rEFInd single mode gave me the first result in Google: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/112456/…
    – Sysadmin
    Commented Jul 14, 2020 at 20:54

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It took me a few nights of trying out different fixes until I found the working solution at https://askubuntu.com/a/613573/60614

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