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Installed Ubuntu first time on my pc. Flashed it on my flash-drive, ran it on my computer and decided to install, after successful installation computer restarts and I only see white line on black blank screen. Again boot from flash drive, run installation and face the same problem.

Computer specifications:
CPU: Intel Core i5-2310 2.90GHz
Motherboard: MSI MS-7732
RAM: DDR3, 4096 МБ (2х 2048 МБ)

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Computer is connected to the internet. – dima23 Jan 6 '14 at 17:35
Likely duplicate of:… – david6 Jan 10 '14 at 1:33
David thank you for your comment, but how it's duplicate? That guy had problem with nvidia driver, not same for me. I have problem with booting up ubuntu 13.10 but I installed OEM version and after it I booted ubuntu. I just want to know why ubuntu doesn't boot after normal installation. – dima23 Jan 13 '14 at 6:14
There was a recent (last 7 days) update (to Ubuntu) that caused issues for Nvidia graphics. I eventually gave up and re-installed, resolve issue. I don't know if that was your issue, but it might be. – david6 Jan 13 '14 at 6:44
I don't know this, I just downloaded latest stable version (13.10). – dima23 Jan 13 '14 at 12:38
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I'm guessing your boot loader's installation failed. Boot on your Live drive, and try to reinstall it. In order to do so, select Try Ubuntu when prompted, wait for the environment to load, and open a terminal by doing Ctrl + Alt + T. Become root by typing sudo -i an proceed with the following commands :

grub-install --recheck /dev/sda # Install GRUB on sda (adapt this line, see below)
update-grub # Generate configuration.

Note : you can find your hard drive's device file (/dev/sdX) by doing :

fdisk -l # As root, again.

You'll recognise your partitions, and hard drives. On most computers, there is only one hard drive, and the kernel loads it on /dev/sda.

Reboot, and everything should be fine.

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Thank you for comment. Can you give me detailed information where to write this code and how to install it as root. I'n noob in linux :( – dima23 Jan 6 '14 at 18:04
Edited my answer. – John WH Smith Jan 6 '14 at 18:11
I'll try this... – dima23 Jan 6 '14 at 18:25
Writing from linux, after command: "grub-install --recheck /dev/sda" terminal writes this: "Path `/boot/grub' is not readable by GRUB on boot. Installation is impossible. Aborting." What does it means? – dima23 Jan 6 '14 at 18:38
Please give this a try : (2nd option : install Boot-Repair in Ubuntu). You'll have better instructions. – John WH Smith Jan 6 '14 at 18:42

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