I believe I have a workaround to this. I had exactly the same on 17.10 on an Acer Aspire One, reinstalled 16.04 and still had it. I also had it clear up if the machine suspended and resumed.
It looked to me like it was related to the grub splash screen, just based on it messing up before the GUI starts and the portion of the screen that got corrupted. I changed the grub config in /etc/default/grub to the following... GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="" <- edit the existing line GRUB_GFXPAYLOAD_LINUX=text <- add this line Then updated grub with sudo update-grub and rebooted. Now it has a 100% text boot and no corruption of the screen. -- You received this bug notification because you are a member of Kernel Packages, which is subscribed to linux in Ubuntu. https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1728565 Title: Desktop (screen) corrupted after upgrade to 17.10 Status in ubuntu-mate: Invalid Status in linux package in Ubuntu: Expired Bug description: I upgraded my NC10 netbook from Ubuntu Mate 16.04 to 17.04 (which worked okay) and then to 17.10. When starting up and automatically logging in I can see the right hand quarter of the screen but the left three quarters are mostly black with multicolour icons repeated across the top 3mm, a light grey bar below this 8mm high with a darker grey interruption just over half way across and two small horizontal white lines directly below this. The mouse pointer is displayed where ever it is positioned and the right hand menus work as expected. The computer is unusable in this condition. Dropping to a terminal with Ctrl+Alt+F1 has the same screen corruption and the prompt is spread across multiple lines as a series of dots and dashes - completely unreadable. It seems the video driver is not working for this machine in this release. The previous release showed it was using the standard Intel open source drivers. Issue persists when PC rebooted. Power up shows Samsung boot screen then light grey screen with small dark grey border then the corruption described above grey background and green pattern (probably the boot image corrupted then clearing to corruption over black background then to the state described, i.e. mostly black with a bit of desk top and some corrupted stuff at top. I can probably ssh in to this machine to grab logs as required so please let me know what I can do to help debug and get my laptop back working. Computer is a Samsung NP-NC10 with 1GB RAM and Intel Atom CPU. (Sorry I didn't find time to test the beta!!!) --- ApportVersion: 2.20.7-0ubuntu3.4 Architecture: i386 AudioDevicesInUse: USER PID ACCESS COMMAND /dev/snd/controlC0: brian 2834 F.... pulseaudio CurrentDesktop: MATE DistroRelease: Ubuntu 17.10 HibernationDevice: RESUME=UUID=cf3c8f13-558d-4354-9a47-39b9837475b8 JournalErrors: Error: command ['journalctl', '-b', '--priority=warning', '--lines=1000'] failed with exit code 1: Hint: You are currently not seeing messages from other users and the system. Users in the 'systemd-journal' group can see all messages. Pass -q to turn off this notice. No journal files were opened due to insufficient permissions. MachineType: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. NC10 Package: linux (not installed) ProcFB: 0 inteldrmfb ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-4.13.0-16-generic root=UUID=5a407644-80ca-4e5e-9d15-2fac5a1ad8d4 ro splash quiet vt.handoff=7 ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.13.0-16.19-generic 4.13.4 RelatedPackageVersions: linux-restricted-modules-4.13.0-16-generic N/A linux-backports-modules-4.13.0-16-generic N/A linux-firmware 1.169 Tags: artful Uname: Linux 4.13.0-16-generic i686 UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to artful on 2017-10-30 (19 days ago) UserGroups: audio dialout sudo WifiSyslog: _MarkForUpload: True dmi.bios.date: 09/08/2009 dmi.bios.vendor: Phoenix Technologies Ltd. dmi.bios.version: 11CA.M015.20090908.RHU dmi.board.name: NC10 dmi.board.vendor: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. dmi.board.version: Not Applicable dmi.chassis.asset.tag: None dmi.chassis.type: 10 dmi.chassis.vendor: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. dmi.chassis.version: No Asset Tag dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnPhoenixTechnologiesLtd.:bvr11CA.M015.20090908.RHU:bd09/08/2009:svnSAMSUNGELECTRONICSCO.,LTD.:pnNC10:pvrNotApplicable:rvnSAMSUNGELECTRONICSCO.,LTD.:rnNC10:rvrNotApplicable:cvnSAMSUNGELECTRONICSCO.,LTD.:ct10:cvrNoAssetTag: dmi.product.name: NC10 dmi.product.version: Not Applicable dmi.sys.vendor: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. To manage notifications about this bug go to: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu-mate/+bug/1728565/+subscriptions -- Mailing list: https://launchpad.net/~kernel-packages Post to : email@example.com Unsubscribe : https://launchpad.net/~kernel-packages More help : https://help.launchpad.net/ListHelp