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    New to ubuntu

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    I just got a dell xps 13 9370 laptop.i turn it on and I get the ubuntu logo and then it goes to a command prompt.How do I proceed from here.

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    Re: New to ubuntu

    What did you expect to happen?

    If you want a GUI, try running startx.
    On Unix-like OSes, a GUI is optional. Normally, someone would install a desktop version on a laptop, but who knows what you got or requested?

    If it were me, I'd assume the system was corrupted and create a boot/installation flash drive, boot off that, then do a fresh install of the specific Ubuntu flavor that I prefer to have. Installation takes about 12 minutes, last time I checked. There are a few different options for DEs. Changing between the different Desktop Environments isn't too hard. Takes about 3-5 minutes. A DE is just another program, it isn't tied into the OS like it is on Windows. We have have lots of different DEs installed on the same machine, though it is best to use a different userid/login with each to avoid user configuration conflicts.

    The laptop you have can have either a Core i5 or i7 CPU. I have a laptop with the i5-8250u and installed Ubuntu Mate on it before I decided to use a different GUI. I wanted something lighter, but any DE would run reasonably well on the box, so you have about 10 choices.

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    Re: New to ubuntu

    Dell typically needs UEFI update, if SSD also SSD firmware update.
    It needs UEFI setting for drives changed to AHCI, not Intel RST nor RAID. But if dual booting with Windows you must first install AHCI drivers into Windows or it will not boot.
    Often better to have UEFI Secure boot off. And UEFI fast boot off, as that assumes no system changes & you are changing system.
    Older Dell seemed to need legacy on, but still select UEFI to boot (without secure boot). Newer systems need legacy off to boot in UEFI mode.
    And in Windows you need Windows fast start up off as that sets hibernation flag and then Linux NTFS driver cannot see the NTFS partitions. Note that Windows updates may turn fast start up back on.
    https://discourse.ubuntu.com/t/ubunt...-enabled/15347
    Dell - All
    https://www.dell.com/support/article...g_System_Setup
    How to Install Ubuntu Linux on your Dell PC
    https://www.dell.com/support/article...ell-pc?lang=en

    Dell XPS13 9370 Developer Edition - Install Windows after Ubuntu
    https://askubuntu.com/questions/1203...om-ubuntu-comp
    Dell XPS 13 9370 Kabylake Makes For A Great Linux Laptop comparison to older laptops
    https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pa...s13-9370&num=1
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: New to ubuntu

    Thanks for your reply.'startx' didn't do anything. If you have other commands I could enter can you please post them.

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    Re: New to ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by patchin View Post
    Thanks for your reply.'startx' didn't do anything. If you have other commands I could enter can you please post them.
    That's the normal command to start a GUI, but seriously, I'd just do a fresh install. Be certain to look over Oldfred's links. I don't have an XPS, though I have used a few Dell laptops for Linux and found them to be really compatible over the decades.

    With Linux, having a bootable install/Try Ubuntu flash drive is handle for all sorts of reasons, including the ability to fix some things. Assign an 8G flash drive just for that purpose. Refresh the ISO on it every quarter or 6 months.

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    Re: New to ubuntu

    Thanks again for your time

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    Re: New to ubuntu

    By chance, did you install a minimal image or the server image?
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    A thing discovered and kept to oneself must be discovered time and again by others. A thing discovered and shared with others need be discovered only the once.
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    Re: New to ubuntu

    I didn't install anything

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    Re: New to ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by patchin View Post
    I didn't install anything
    What, exactly, does the screen look like? Do you get to login? Does it say "GRUB" or "Grub Rescue"? Or something else?

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    Re: New to ubuntu

    It says (initramfs)

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