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.
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Desktop (screen) corrupted after upgrade to 17.10
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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
Computer is a Samsung NP-NC10 with 1GB RAM and Intel Atom CPU.
(Sorry I didn't find time to test the beta!!!)
USER PID ACCESS COMMAND
/dev/snd/controlC0: brian 2834 F.... pulseaudio
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 17.10
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
root=UUID=5a407644-80ca-4e5e-9d15-2fac5a1ad8d4 ro splash quiet vt.handoff=7
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.13.0-16.19-generic 4.13.4
Uname: Linux 4.13.0-16-generic i686
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to artful on 2017-10-30 (19 days ago)
UserGroups: audio dialout sudo
dmi.bios.vendor: Phoenix Technologies Ltd.
dmi.board.vendor: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
dmi.board.version: Not Applicable
dmi.chassis.vendor: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
dmi.chassis.version: No Asset Tag
dmi.product.version: Not Applicable
dmi.sys.vendor: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
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