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1) Downloaded 11.10 ISO file to Dell XP Workstation

2) Made bootable USB using Pendrivelinux

3) Installed to harddrive using option 1 (Install along side Windows)

4) Rebooted when instructed

5) Booted into Ubuntu just fine (first time)

6) Attempted restart - got first splash screen followed by "input not supported" - tapped ESC and eventually got into Ubuntu

7) Later attempts failed - got "input not supported"; no eventual boot

8) Many retries holding / tapping various keys - same result

9) Booted from USB - all files appear to be in place - can access GRUB on harddrive

Suggestions appreciated - must to be able to boot XP.

Thanks in advance

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Did you make any configuration changes after you installed Ubuntu? If you can boot into Win XP fine then it sounds very much like a hardware configuration issue with the keyboard. – Mark Rooney Nov 23 '11 at 8:30
What input units do you have? – Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen Nov 23 '11 at 9:53
No configuration changes made after installation. – Jim Hudspeth Nov 23 '11 at 12:18
Could not boot into Win XP after installation. – Jim Hudspeth Nov 23 '11 at 12:21
What input units do you have? – Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen I'm using a Dell Precision Desktop & 22" Acer Monitor. – Jim Hudspeth Nov 23 '11 at 12:23

This message is coming to you via a properly booted instance of Ubuntu 11.10. I have also test booted into Windows XP. It's working fine also.

I changed monitors and life is wonderful.

It appears the software was working all along; I was just not able to see it.

The prior monitor was an Acer P221w. The one I'm using now is a Samsung SyncMaster 910mp.

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