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I've tried 3 times now to install ubuntu 11.10 from a cd onto an 8 year old Dell inspiron but after installation the system just freezes. System has 2.66GHz CPU, 1GB RAM and 120GB HD. There is no way to perform any operation, I can only force shut down. Has anyone encountered similar difficulties and found a solution?

The video card is NVIDIA geforcefx5200. The screen is almost blank after booting - the top userbar is present but not functioning and nothing else appears on the screen.

I've managed to install ubuntu 10.04 without any problems now instead

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What do you mean by "freeze"? Does it boot into a blank screen? If so this is a know problem with some video cards. – sbtech Feb 27 '12 at 0:48
might be from graphic card driver try to uninstall it or reinstall ubuntu and update all thing expect you video card driver – Mahmoud20070 Feb 27 '12 at 9:30
maybe you should do a memtest and a disk test with your liveCD first. – maniat1k Feb 27 '12 at 10:01

I have the same problem, because some missing files at the installation CD. Purple blank screen. May be helpful: ctrl-alt-del, then enter, after you can get modprob, type help, get list of command, type lsfmd (soft mod), type exit. If you get purple screen with options try 'recovery mod'. But, this is temporary solution.

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