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So I got fed up with Windows Vista and decided to install Ubuntu. My roommate has the 11.10 version and so that is what I installed. I've used Ubuntu 10.04 and 10.10 on a different computer before so I thought I wouldn't have any problems. Well, after I wiped the Hard drive it started installing Ubuntu. It restarted and when it restarted the BIOS window came up. Then, after the BIOS loaded it just has a blank screen with a blinking cursor in the upper left and stays that way. GRUB doesn't even come up so I can't do anything. I've already googled it and I have not been able to find an answer. Anybody know what's up? I could just simply reinstall it but I'm guessing the same thing will happen.

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If Ubuntu is the only OS on a system I believe that GRUB does not display its menu unless you press and hold the shift key immediately after the BIOS display ends. Please try that to see if the GRUB menu displays. –  irrational John May 15 '12 at 6:55
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I had a similar issue but I didn't completely wipe the drive so Windows would load without ever showing GRUB. I ended up fixing the problem by running Boot-Repair from the live USB I was using to install Ubuntu (12.04 in my case).

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Did the live cd/usb booted correctly?

If so,try reinstalling GRUB. Boot using a live usb/cd of ubuntu. Use boot-repair to fix the problem.

After booting with live usb/cd ,Run following command in terminal,

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair && sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y boot-repair && boot-repair

Use Recomended Repair

There are many other option to play with, since you don't care about re-installation.

More information can be found here- > https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair

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this may also helps: help.ubuntu.com/community/… –  vicd May 15 '12 at 6:23
    
he just wiped out everything, so why windows again!! :P –  Web-E May 15 '12 at 6:25
    
let vista wiped forever, i guess he may get interested in win7 later. :P –  vicd May 15 '12 at 6:30
    
Great answer. I'll get right on this. –  William Willden May 15 '12 at 6:30
    
Worked perfectly. Thanks a bunch! –  William Willden May 15 '12 at 6:57
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