Laptop w/ new Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Desktop

 I recently had to install Ubuntu Desktop on a laptop that had a problematic NVidia chipset: The system would always freeze in a very short amount of time - most likely due to a combination of overheating and/or bad drivers.

This article saved the day:

I just changed the GRUB config for the initial start of installation and everything worked without a single glitch. Even post-install, I did not have to change the grub config 

Essentially, appending `nomodeset` to the line containing `linux` bypassed the default video check (even though it was listed during setup). Getting to the initial grub config with selecting the "lite" version of the USB partition.


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