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It goes to a purple screen then black, and doesn't do anything. I am using 12.04 WUBI on my laptop. I'm new to ubuntu so I don't know what to do

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Hardware configuration please? –  Mitch Jun 1 '12 at 20:15
    
Are you asking for my system specs? –  Callum Jun 1 '12 at 20:19
    
yes, what video card you have and all other hardware that might cause this problems... –  Alvar Jun 1 '12 at 20:25
    
Well it has a dual core 1.8ghz intel celeron, intel integrated graphics, 4gb of RAM, and 320gb hdd. But do you think reinstalling might help? –  Callum Jun 1 '12 at 20:36

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This fooled me the first time I installed WUBI and it frustrated me for a week. After the screen goes black get a flashlight and shine it an angle at the center of the screen. If you can see the Ubuntu logo it just means that your computer's brightness is low. I tried nomodeset, grub editing, external displays and when I got frustrated I banged the keyboard accidentally hitting the brightness and it worked.

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It could one of a few things:

  1. It's possible that WUBI is just taking a long time to boot. My P4 laptop running at 3GHz took a LONG time to get past the purple screen (~10 minutes). I knew it wasn't completely dead because the hard drive light was on pretty solid.
  2. Alternatively it could be hung in the boot process. Try hitting the ESC key and see if any errors are reported during boot-up.
  3. Make sure you shut Windows down correctly and it didn't leave the disk in an un-clean state. Boot into windows and run "chkdsk /r" on the drive where WUBI was installed.
  4. If none of those work, you might want to check out the Troubleshooting section of the Wubi Guide.
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