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What should I do when Ubuntu freezes?

12.04 Freezes on first run after install, loading screen says 'Preparing to run Ubuntu for the first time...' — stuck on 2nd dot after a few cycles.

On Dell Inspiron B130

Installed using Windows Installer

Thanks in advance!!!


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I haven't ever used the Windows installer, so I unfortunately can't help you too much. I have the same computer though, and it wouldn't boot because of the b43 firmware.

The solution was to blacklist the b43 module via GRUB and then install the firmware-b43-installer once Ubuntu is loaded. (More information here)

According to the WubiGuide, here is how to edit the GRUB command line options on wubi installs:

For grub errors, immediately after reboot, press [INSERT] rapidly after selecting Wubi and/or press [ESC] at the countdown after selecting "Ubuntu" and use [C] or [E] to enter the appropriate boot options manually

What you should do:

  1. Use the above directions, then enter in b43.blacklist=yes and press CTRL+X to boot.
  2. Install the firmware-b43-installer package.

    sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer
  3. Reboot and you should have a working system with wireless.

Note: I haven't tried this so post a comment if something doesn't work quite right.

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