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It was installing rather slowly, slower than 11.10 installed but I figured that there was just more to install, but the terminal output of "Installing System" shows several errors, most trying to get nvidia updates and failing because it can't find the modules, and then sat saying "ubuntu ubiquity:" with nothing after it but blank space. On opening Firefox to come here, it added a few kernel entries but still does not seem to be going anywhere, it's not even writing/reading to the hard drive. I'm not sure whether to restart or wait and see what happens.

If anyone could advise me what to do that would be very helpful.

Many thanks.

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I would try with the Internet disconnected. The installer grabs language packs when connected to the Internet and the main Ubuntu repos are severely taxed (since the last few days - can set to something faster after install), so the language packs seem to take a long time. Also, I think I had the screen go to sleep on me during the last part of the install with the Internet plugged in, so you'll probably want to babysit.

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It downloaded everything it supposedly needed and moved onto installing, but it's as though it failed to download the things it's now looking for and has crashed as a result. It now seems to be saying "Restoring previously installed packages..." but again there is nothing appearing in the Terminal window and no hard drive activity. Clicking Skip only closes the Terminal section and centers the window in the middle of the screen. Not entirely sure disconnecting from the Internet would help much at this stage. Is there a way to copy text from the terminal Window? – Stephen L Apr 29 '12 at 17:10
There are a number of things that could be working against you here... One being that the Ubuntu repositories are rather during this period of mass upgrade (who knows). This is why it's best to setup your drive with at least 3 partitions, so a clean install can be very easy. You could continue waiting to see if it works out.. but also, if you have an external drive to do some backups to.. I would do that. And then, I would reboot the computer to the LiveCD and I would use the Gparted utility to crunch down my current install to be as small as possible and placed at the end of the drive.. – Shannon_VanWagner Apr 29 '12 at 22:47
Then, I would create 3 new partitions (primary,ext4), one for /, one for swap, and one for /home. I would then do a clean install, using the "something else" option for partitions and set the 3 partitions as noted. I would then boot into the new system and copy over whatever I need from the old system partition. After that's done, I would again boot to LiveCD and kill off the old partition, then expand my /home partition to use all the remaining space. In the future, I would install fresh to / partition and mount /home (not formatting). It's a long road, but easier after setup this way. – Shannon_VanWagner Apr 29 '12 at 22:50

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