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I recently replaced my REALLY old windows OS with Ubuntu, and it looks like it works at first glance. When I attempt to log in, however, it accepts my username and password, then goes into what I believe is the Ubuntu equivilant of a blue screen.

Photo of broken display

How can I solve this?

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It appears to be misconfigured X (graphics system) or incorrect drivers. Can you boot the system into single user mode? (At boot screen, select the recovery option). If the system drops you into a shell (command line) we can trouble shoot from there. – crasic Jun 5 '14 at 0:04

It looks like you are overdriving your monitor. In other words, the video card is using a refresh frequency that is higher than what your monitor can support. Try switching to a text-mode console using CtrlAltF1.

If that works, you may be able to manually reconfigure Xorg.conf to reduce the display resolution.

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