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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. 

cindyseah@ubuntu123456789:~$ 

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 at 18:09

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