** Please note, this worked for my laptop, but it might hose yours, so be careful and make sure you have a complete backup **
I have a Dell Latitude E6510 and I wanted to give the latest Debian a go. It’s easy enough to get the iso onto a usb stick and there are plenty of guides to do that so I won’t go into that here.
Installation was straight forward and worked a treat, so lets reboot and see what this puppy does.
uh-ho black screen. I could get past the boot menu [I’m dual booting windows 10 as well] but other than that, everything else was black, no screen at all.
Google to the rescue.
Once you’re at the grub menu prompt, type e to edit the line
Go to the line starting with the word linux and ending with the words: quiet splash
Add nomodeset to the end of the line and boot the machine.
This should boot the machine, but in a very low graphics mode, time to get the nvidia working.
In this laptop I have the NVM 3100M nvidia card and this is what I had to do to get it working
Make sure you have contrib non-free in your sources.list file
Run these commands from the terminal as root
- apt-get install nvidia-driver
- apt-get install nvidia-xconfig
Reboot the machine and you should have nvidia graphics 🙂 Well it worked for me.
Let me know if it works for you 🙂