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I'm quite sure many others had the same problem as me but I just can't quite understand it when I looked at the answers, so hopefully this thread can help me, in simple terms please.

Basically using a legit version of 12.04 CD I could install it perfectly, with the exception that wireless won't connect. I tried lots of commands but nothing would work.

I tried upgrading to 12.10 since I saw a Youtube video of a guy having the same laptop having the same problem with 12.04 and he said that 12.10 worked.

I downloaded 12.10 from the Ubuntu site and wrote to DVD. I then installed it, everything looked great. When I rebooted it however, it would ultimately get to a black page asking for my login and password. So I did that.

What came next was:

Last login: blah blah
Welcome to Ubuntu 12.10 (GNU/Linux 3.5.0-17-generic 1686)
*Documentation: http://help.ubuntu.com/
System information as of Mon Feb 24 blah blah
System load: 0.16
Usage of /: 0.2% of 450.40 GB  (what??? I have hdd 500gb)
Memory Usage: 0%
Swap Usage: 0%
Processes: 129
Users Logged in: 0
Graph this data and manage this system at htpp://landscape.canonical.com/
New release '13.04' available. 
Run 'do-release-upgrade' to upgrade to it.
The programs included with the Ubuntu system are free software; the exact distribution terms for each program are described in the individual files in /usr/share/doc/*/copyright
Ubuntu comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by applicable law. 


I'm dying here. Please help me. My laptop's been dead (like, not booting to desktop) for more than a month now. A student really needs her laptop.

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Did you reinstall 12.04 and need help with wireless or do you still have 12.10 installed and can not boot? –  Wild Man Feb 24 '14 at 18:09

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