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I have an eMachine 1200el with Ubuntu 10.10 installed. When I start my computer, I get a black screen with a blinking dash for about 30 seconds before I can log in. After another 30 seconds it runs well.

How can I have my computer start without this delay? I'm a novice.

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In English, please? Can someone translate this? – Thomas Ward Apr 24 '11 at 17:02
I hope I've translated this okay; please check it. Also I'm guessing your version of Ubuntu is 10.10 (as opposed to 10.04)? – Stefano Palazzo Apr 24 '11 at 18:20
@Stefano: thanks for translating it and such :) – Thomas Ward Apr 24 '11 at 19:07

This is normal.

30 seconds is an ordinary time taken for startup - not just for Ubuntu but also for other Linux based operating systems, Mac OS X and Windows.

There are some things you can do to improve boot speed. See: How to make Ubuntu boot fast?.

The black screen and blinking cursor is most likely due to having proprietary graphics drivers installed. You can fix this by disabling the drivers but you will lose functionality, like 3D effects. There is a work around for enabling a graphical boot with proprietary drivers: Boot screen in low graphics/text mode.

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