I finally got Ubuntu 9.04 installed and all was well.
But I couldn't leave well enough alone.
I installed a video card - NVIDIA Ge Force 5200 (256MB).
Now Ubuntu hangs at the boot screen and I have to manually shut down to reboot. I tried reinstalling - didn't help.
Here's the specs:
Dell Dimension 2300
windows XP sp3
Pentium 4 - 2 Ghz
640 MB RAM
160 GB Hard Drive
Also - ubuntu is installed inside windows xp. I installed the driver that came with the card.The card works fine in windows.
I'd love to hear any suggestions.
After booting with the CD inserted I arrive at the screen with the option "Try Ubuntu without any change to your computer". After selecting this option I see a bar graph on the monitor that indicates progress. Once that bar graph reaches maximum the screen goes black. The cursor is visible and responsive but otherwise the screen is blank. Waiting doesn't seem to help.
I'm eager to install ubuntu, but if I can't get it to work from the CD I don't see any point in going for a full install.