I am in the process of trying to get the desktop computer from hell to work.
The thing was literally conceived from hell, I swear... (Even though I built it..)
Anyway, so I install Ubuntu 12.04 on my system, the regular Live CD kept failing with some kind of I/O errors (I forgot exactly what the error said since it's been like 2 days since I last tried using the regular Live CD with this computer). Then I got the alternative install CD, with the purple DOS-like interface, and from there I was able to install Ubuntu 12.04.
The install process went smoothly, but then I encounter the first oddity that happens at every boot-up. After the GRUB boot menu where you select an OS, the screen goes blank and hangs there for like a minute and thirty seconds, before finally blacking out and then going into the Ubuntu logo, where it speeds up from there. That's odd, because my laptop which also runs on 12.04 has an SSD and boots up literally in 10 seconds! But the desktop from hell here takes like a minute and 30...
Well anyway, I boot up, and decide to first install all updates, which there are like 400 of since 12.04 was released. It gets pretty far in the update process, but then fails. I've had it succeed before though. It's VERY temper-mental. So then I reboot the computer, it boots back up. And now Terminal doesn't work. When I open a terminal it displays a bunch of random text for a split second, then closes. A TTY session also does this too, but there it just kicks me to the login prompt.
So that's my ordeal..
My custom built system is an ASUS P5NSLI with 4GB of RAM, a Pentium D 3Ghz processor, 64GB SSD, a 400 GB HDD, an AMD Radeon HD 6770 graphics card and a Creative SBLive sound card
So, any ideas anyone? Thanks.