I have the same problem with Ubuntu 14.04 and 14.10 on my NUC 5i5RYH ( see https://communities.intel.com/message/282783#282783 )
Try the 15.04 beta of Ubuntu - that seemed to work ok.
Alternatively I think people have mentioned "nomodeset" might help you get further in with 14.04/14.10. I haven't tried that though...
Hopefully Intel are working on updated graphics drivers/BIOS, as I'd ideally like to use 14.10.
In the meantime I have installed Windows 7 Ultimate on my NUC whilst I wait (trying out Windows Media Centre + a PCTV 292e TV tuner - working well)
Hello Guys, thanks for joining the Intel Community.
Please remember that Intel does not test and validate our products on Linux, however we know that a lot of customer are using this OS successfully on NUCs.
I would recommend you to check if you are running the latest BIOS.
Bear in mind that we only provided drivers for Windows operating systems, so if you end installing Linux, it will be necessary to look for the specific drivers on a Linux community.
yep, my impression after messing a good bit with it is "it's for Windows."
I tried at least five different distros and had various problems. manually including "nomodeset" in the grub command gets many of the live cd's booting (off USB), but then your CPU is crunching the graphics. you might as well buy a three year old box from Walmart.
anyway, just confirming the statement that Intel does not provide Linux drivers: is that true? it seems there are drivers here: Intel(R) Graphics Installer for Linux* 1.0.8 | Linux Graphics
I believe you can download and install the Windows 10 beta for a limited time:
but you will have to buy a license when it is properly released later this year.
if you're on a Mac, then I *think* you might be able to use the Bootcamp process to create a Windows 10 USB installer (without needing to actually go all the way of installing Windows on that Mac).
edit: maybe this will help? software recommendation - Create a Bootable Windows USB from a OS X to work on a PC - Ask Different