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I got a message saying that my version of ubuntu was obsolete so I clicked to update. I have Windows 7 and run ubuntu in a Virtual Box vm. When ubuntu tries to startup I get a screen with black & blue stripes and large black words that i can't read.

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What is your version of Virtual Box? For Ubuntu 12.10 we need version 4.2.2. or later to support X.Org Server 1.13. – Takkat Nov 5 '12 at 20:25

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