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I just installed 12.04 Alternate for the first time to give it a try using a USB stick burned with UnetBootIn.

It installed without a problem. But it booted into a tty1 console without booting into a GUI.

After logging into the tty1 console, I typed unity. It appeared that the system doesn't have unity desktop. How can it be solved? My installation didn't show any error.

Something worth mentioning:

  1. During installation, I had to choose an option saying 'customize the system to your needs' something like that I don't remember correctly with options 'SSH server','Mail Server', 'Ubuntu Desktop',.....,'Manual selection of packages' etc. I chose 'Ubuntu Desktop'. I haven't encountered something like this in 11.04.

  2. To do an installation of Alternate iso using UnetBootIn, i used '12.04_Hdmedia' option of that software and had to change file extension of .ude to .udeb in /pool/main/l/linux that i found in Alternate ubuntu cdrom detect to go around with the cdrom detection problem.

  3. I have a 945G intel graphics.

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Login then type these commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop


if you prefer Xubuntu

sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop


if you prefer Kubuntu

sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop
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why ubuntu desktop was not installed ? can anybody tell me that. – croc Sep 9 '12 at 10:46
I used to have a problem with the installer when I reached the cdrom to install the base system, it showed me an error and I cannot continue to install the "base system" So I skied the installation of the base system and I was faced with a tty1. This happened when I used a cheap USB. After changing the USB and downloading another alternate CD, the installation worked. Am not sure about yours. – Suhaib Sep 10 '12 at 1:16

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