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I've installed 12.10 from a purchased disc. Setup went ok and I installed any updates. There was some error regarding something called "compliz" and I sent the error report. Now when I try to start Ubuntu I get a blank purple screen and cursor but nothing else happens. I have found and used the "change quiet splash to nomodeset" answer but this just ends up leaving me with a blank black screen. I am not very computer savvy so use words I can understand please:-)

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Sorry, I should have said it's a Dell Dimension 3000 and currently running XP – Dave Eastwood Feb 2 '13 at 19:04

Have you tried this yet? I had the same issue with a Toshiba laptop recently and this helped me.

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Thank you. I've tried these fixes now and they don't help. Any other ideas? – Dave Eastwood Feb 3 '13 at 12:43

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