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linuxg
May 28th, 2010, 10:18 PM
Hardware: compaq 1830
memory : 512 Meg

Tried Ubuntu version (9.xx) and it was too slow on my ancient laptop, so trying xubuntu and it boots up, i get the xubuntu splash screen, followed by a dark screen with ONLY the mouse pointer visible.
I guess the good news is that the touchpad works, but nothing else. I cant find any menu or way to start any applications.

Is there a way to get a bash prompt at startup ?
or get diagnostics upon xubuntu startup ?
I tried F6 at xubuntu startup, but only a couple of lines regarding the hard drive (sda...) and nothing else.


Any ideas anyone ?

Thanks.