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Link to this post 03 Apr 12

I just downloaded Ubuntu yesturday from there website and i downloaded it to a erasable disk. So i put the disk in and run it on my desktop and everything goes as it should I brings me to the screen were i can just try Ubuntu or install it. So i press the install Ubuntu. The it takes me to the installation type screen. I push erase old operating system and put Ubuntu 11.10. It ask me were im located and keybord layout. The it ask me Who i am and i put in the information. Then it starts to install When its finished it says (Installation is complete. You need to complete in order to use new installation) So i restart my desktop and a black screen pops up having a check listof everything being ok. And on the bottom of the check list saying i need to (remove installation media in the tray then press enter. So i do and my desktop restarts. After it restarts it takes me to a black screen With a list and everything saying ok next to it, expect (Starting automatic crash report generation) Which has failed in red.I can't exit from this screen or move on. It also says failed t set mode on (crtc:6) I tried pressing Ctrl delete, i tried Esc button. I I am new to Linux Ubuntu and need some help.

Link to this post 04 Apr 12

First thing we would need to know is what kind of hardware you're using, especially the graphics card, but, the more you tell us the easier it would be to help.
The new Ubuntu (using Unity), as well as the new Fedora (using Gnome 3) have problems with older video cards, since the cards need to have 3D capabilities.

If you have newer hardware, then, this won't be the problem, but, we need to know in order to help you diagnose the problem.

Link to this post 04 Apr 12

The graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE
Hard Drive : 250 GB
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x 2 Dual-Core
Memory 1024 MB

Link to this post 04 Apr 12

It looks like your video card doesn't meet the requirements for Unity, although the rest of your specs do. See link:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DesktopExperienceTeam/UnityHardwareRequirements

Unfortunately, those distros that use Gnome 3 and Unity now require newer hardware in order to run. I hate that they did that because Ubuntu was my first choice recommendation for new users. Fortunately, there are other distros that are modern and still are able to use older video cards. Linux Mint for example, that was an offshoot of Ubuntu, made modifications of their own, since they couldn't see leaving out a great percentage of their users. I would also suggest taking a look at Mepis Linux and/or PCLinuxOS and see if you like their setup. Mepis and PCLinuxOS use the KDE desktop, and, I have the newest KDE running on an old Thinkpad G41 that has a GT5200 Nvidia card without any problems. You may not be able to get all of the special effects, but, enough of the effects run without having to upgrade your card.

My advice would be to download the Live CD's for each of those three distros and see how you like them, starting with Linux Mint.

This is the link to the Mint site: http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=1889

This is the link to the Mepis site: http://www.mepis.org/mirrors

This is the link to the PCLinuxOS site: http://www.pclinuxos.com/?page_id=10

Linux is great because it gives you many choices. I'm sorry that Ubuntu didn't work out for you, but, there are a great many other distros to choose from. I'm sure if you're patient, other forum members will come by with different views and suggestions, so, if you want to give my suggestions a try, or, wait for more suggestions, it's up to you. Or, if you have any other questions, feel free to ask. One way or the other, we'll get you up and running with a desktop you'll like.

Hope this helped
Tom

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