Ubuntu 12.10 – Fix the “Waiting for network configuration” or black screen error on startup

Waiting for network configuration…
Waiting up to 60 more seconds for network configuration…

Or simply black screen on startup.


  1. Reboot. Select Advanced options for Ubuntu and choose revovery mode.  Select Resume normal boot.
  2. Open a Terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and run the following command

    sudo gedit /etc/network/interfaces

  3. In the opening editor delete everything after the

    auto lo iface lo inet loopback

    line, then save the changes.

  4. Reboot and Ubuntu will start normally with working networking.
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  1. This fix works for Ubuntu 13.04

  2. anon

     /  September 22, 2013

    I was pulling my hair out with this issue. This fixed it for me. What worries me is if those entries aren’t supposed to be in /etc/network/interfaces – then how did they get there?!


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