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So I'm trying to run Ubuntu 12.10 from a bootable Thumbstick. I can see a purple screen with icons at the bottom and it proceeds to display string after string of lines. After that, I hear drums but nothing else on the screen pops up. Smashing on the keyboard makes more drums play. Nice musical program you guys got going here.

What do I do to make this work?

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On the grub menu hit 'F6'(for other options) then click 'nomodeset'.

For further reference see How to set NOMODESET and other kernel boot options in grub2

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