Installing Ubuntu 16.10 on an Inspiron 15 7559 Laptop

I tried to install Ubuntu 16.10 on an Inspiron 15 7559 laptop per my user’s request. I ran into a lot of troubles and I didn’t know why initially and wasted a lot of time. I learned that the culprit is the nouveau driver for the Nvidia graphic card. Here are the steps I took for installation.

  1. Boot the laptop using the installation media.
  2. Press e at the boot screen to edit the boot option.
  3. Find the string quiet splash without the quote. Add nomodeset before it. After editing the string is now nomodeset quiet splash.
  4. Press F10 to boot the system.
  5. Run the installation wizard and follow the instructions to install Ubuntu.
  6. Reboot the system after installation.
  7. Press Ctrl + Alt + F4 at the login screen to enter the text mode.
  8. Enter your account and password to logon.
  9. Type sudo bash to get a root prompt.
  10. Edit this file using your favorite text editor.
    /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
  11. Add this line to the end of the file
    blacklist nouveau
  12. Run this command
    update-initramfs -u
  13. Reboot the system using this command
    reboot