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I've loaded ubuntu 12.04 LTS onto my Dell XPS 1530 (Vista) laptop, but am having serious issues. I can run ubuntu fine when testing it from the DVD, but after installation it says I must restart to complete. Once I restart, I see nothing but the black screen and cursor.

I've poked around a fair bit and see that question has been addressed a few times, BUT every instance begins with accessing the terminal - which I'm unable to do unless I'm in demo mode from the DVD. Once that is ejected, hitting CTRL+ALT+T or other combos does nothing.

How can I access the terminal another way? Any tips appreciated.

-Linux newbie.

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    Can you change ttys? ctrl + alt + F1 – konapun Jul 24 '13 at 23:34
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Ctrl+Alt+F1–F6 into a tty.

  • I have tried CTRL+ALT+x during and after the startup but none gets me the terminal, only black screen with cursor. – Chris Jul 25 '13 at 10:31

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