I've started using Ubuntu 12.10 on a VMware Workstation 9, and I am encountering TWO significant problems:

(1) The boot process is AWFULLY slow. Frequently it gets stuck somewhere in the middle,
and I have to reset the (virtual) computer. Usually, the boot succeeds after the reset;
(2) Today I have encountered an even worse problem: on login, after entering my
password, the computer's response was to return to the login screen (no message
about bad password appeared). I am absolutely certain that I used the correct

Any help would be appreciated.