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.