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I am new to Ubuntu and am stuck. Please help as I do not know much about Linux or command line. I am a Windows 7 user.

Here are the steps I took to install Ubuntu:

  • I downloaded "ubuntu-12.10-desktop-i386.iso" file
  • Further via 7zip, extracted the Ubuntu iso file in Windows only.
  • Ran wubi.exe from the extract and installed Ubuntu in E drive. C drive contains Windows 7 and iso file was saved here only. Wubi.exe downloaded some files for around an hour.
  • The installation was successful and it asked for a reboot. I got a screen with some characters and after an hour or so I forced the shutdown.
  • On reboot I got the option to select Windows or Ubuntu. On selecting Ubuntu I get this and cannot proceed further.

GNU GRUB version 2.00-7ubuntu11

Minimal BASH-like line editing is supported.


How do I get past this grub prompt?

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marked as duplicate by Javier Rivera, Eliah Kagan, con-f-use, hexafraction, Seth Feb 18 '13 at 3:45

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Don't force shutdown Ubuntu. It's often not required as you can safely reboot using Alt+SysRq R-E-I-S-U-B. (Alt+PrntScr if you have no SysRq key, they're the same).

It's common to cause corruption when hard rebooting, especially on Wubi installs where there is a virtual disk that's stored on the NTFS file system, but it contains an ext4 file system.

So, since you just installed - I'd recommend reinstalling. Or doing a normal dual boot. To clean up the file system corruption you should first run chkdsk /f from Windows.

Also, if you had problems installing you might have some incompatible hardware or something that requires a closed-source driver (not included automatically). i.e. if you have a Radeon or Nvidia graphics card you should boot with nomodeset. You can find out how through this link: My computer boots to a black screen, what options do I have to fix it?

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have you gone through https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/GRUB_2?rd=Grub2#Encountering_the_dreaded_Grub2_boot_prompt

It says you are getting the dreaded GRUB Prompt ... GRUB was not properly configured, use the commands in the link to boot your system.

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