Installing Linux off usb. Booted with no display. I'm desperate.

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I'm currently using an Acer laptop(Aspire V , Intel i7 6700HQ 2.6ghz , Gtx960M , 16gb ram) which is a pain in the arse.

I have been wanting to switch to linux for a while but I can't install it in the mentioned laptop.

I went ahead and flashed the Pop os iso to my usb(64 usb sandisk). I tried booting off of the usb mentioned in my laptop and what happened is :
-The grub boot loader showed me the boot option.
-Once booted. It flashed and won't show me the boot log.
-The display is blanked with no working UI. [The os's still working. I have tried pressing keys and the os responded with some sounds.]

After that I tried to install different distro such as Manjaro. To my surprise it's the same result. It won't show me the boot log and the display is still completely blanked with no working UI.

I tried booting Tail os off my USB and the os operates just fine with working UI.

Note : I've tried with my main pc and it booted fine. , I've tried all the boot option including disabling secure boot , try legacy boot , booting with secure boot on with the same result. , I have tried both iso files available in the website (nvidia included) with the same result(pop os iso). , I waited for 20 minutes hoping the os will fix itself with no result. , Nope! crtl+alt+f3 won't work. , I flashed the iso into my usb correctly using Etcher-portable. , Windows 10 works just fine(Or could this be the evil corp's doing to keep me using their OS >:O ??!!!!! jk) , nouveau.modeset=0 won't work.


I suspect it might be a hardware problem since I have been trying a lot of fixes for the past 3 days now but I doubt it's since Windows 10 boots fine. I have gone through countless of forums , Youtube tutorials , none really have the similar problem to me and none's working. I'm desperate at this point. I even tried to follow a linux installation for my specific laptop and any tutorials that's not related to my problem at all.

Here's me strugling :

Please help. Pretty please.
 


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It may be a driver problem you have a fairly recent machine so there may not be the drivers you need in your chosen distribution, start by live testing with a distribution using at least the 5.10 Linux Kernel
 
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It may be a driver problem you have a fairly recent machine so there may not be the drivers you need in your chosen distribution, start by live testing with a distribution using at least the 5.10 Linux Kernel
Hey! Thanks for the reply. I have a few distro names in my mind that I want to try out. But none of them indicates the version of the kernel. Do you have any suggestion? and it seems like pop os's kernel is already above 5.10 (5.11.0)
 

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Have you tried changing the BIOS to Legacy? I have a Acer and that is what I had to do here is my specs
System:
Host: Aspire-E5-575G Kernel: 5.11.0-27-generic x86_64 bits: 64
Desktop: Xfce 4.16.0 Distro: Expirion Xfce 20.04 2021.08.17
Machine:
Type: Laptop System: Acer product: Aspire E5-575G v: V1.47
serial: <superuser/root required>
Mobo: Acer model: Ironman_SK v: V1.47 serial: <superuser/root required>
UEFI [Legacy]: Insyde v: 1.47 date: 09/06/2018
 

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nouveau.modeset=0 won't work.
What I'm about to say sounds the same as you already tried but why not try it, try adding nomodeset to your kernel boot parameters before booting into the live environment. When you have the option selected which boots press escape and than add to somewhere after quiet and then press ctrl+x to boot.
 

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Do you have any suggestion
one I recommend people to try live is MX-19.4.1_x64 “ahs” not nessasarly to keep it but it has one of the best selections of up to date drivers, if that works then any chosen distro should in theory be tweekable to reach the same results
 
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What I'm about to say sounds the same as you already tried but why not try it, try adding nomodeset to your kernel boot parameters before booting into the live environment. When you have the option selected which boots press escape and than add to somewhere after quiet and then press ctrl+x to boot.
Wow. This might be the solution. A glimspe of light at the end of the tunnel. I added just "nomodeset" as you said. And the os shows the boot log. However it got stucked at realtimekit scheduling policy service. I'll keep you posted. Thanks for this reply :D
 
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What I'm about to say sounds the same as you already tried but why not try it, try adding nomodeset to your kernel boot parameters before booting into the live environment. When you have the option selected which boots press escape and than add to somewhere after quiet and then press ctrl+x to boot.
Hey! Now that the boot log shows I can read something out of the problem. You solutions really works but now I have another completely different problem. The os fails to boot up. It got stucked at realtimekit scheduling policy service. I might try installing another distro to see if it fixes the issues. But I really thank you and every one who gave feed back to this post.
 

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Hey! Now that the boot log shows I can read something out of the problem. You solutions really works but now I have another completely different problem. The os fails to boot up. It got stucked at realtimekit scheduling policy service. I might try installing another distro to see if it fixes the issues. But I really thank you and every one who gave feed back to this post.
You can try the following - it sounds like your display manager is not working correctly - you will need to access in Recovery Mode and from there get a root terminal
Code:
sudo apt purge xorg lightdm
Code:
sudo apt autoremove
Code:
sudo apt install xorg lightdm
 
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