I'm having this problem. I've never installed Ubuntu before and have found myself lost reading this thread.
I have no idea what the Grub menu is or when to hold down shift in order to enter it.
I do know that when I attempt to click F6 on the initial menu, nothing happens. I tab to advanced options and there's nothing there.
What am I doing wrong?
I have a Dell D400 Latitude.
I have a dual core AMD64 processor with NVIDIA card.
I installed 10.04 from CD (having checked MDSUM etc etc) and it was lovely.
After a few weeks I started getting 'funny things' happening on boot up - essentially the monitor would be 'on' but screen blank.
Then I had a situation whereby it would boot up, I'd hear the drum roll, but the monitor would be 'asleep' or in no-input mode, so again, blank.
NOW even when I try to boot the screen does nothing. I can't even see the GRUB screens etc. on boot up. I no longer hear the drum roll. It's almost as if when I try to start the machine it goes immediately into some sort of hibernate or suspend mode.
This seems like a total disaster to me - i can't even re-install 8.04 which worked fine.
(like others, this problem has really dented my enthusiasm for Ubuntu - up to now I have raved about it to everyone. It does seem a pity.)
I've had this this problem for weeks and finally found a link to a site with the right solution to my boot up issues for my video card on a Toshiba NB200 running a GMA 950.
I successfully installed from USB stick but had to continually press shift to get the thing to boot.
Here is the link to the solution. Thanks to everyone for all the very useful posts on this issue. I'm a noob and have no bloody idea about computers or Linux commands and I've learnt a lot from this. Big shout to everyone.
I'm getting the same screen as described previously (purple with two small icons). When I press F6, I then choose 'install' but nothing happens.
I'm trying to install this on a Dell Latitude D620 that is four years old. I would appreciate any suggestions as to what to do. Thanks