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Please bear with me. I don't know anything about Linux. Newbie here in terms of Linux. I have an old laptop I haven't used for a while. Update manager asked to update to 10.04. I did. all was well. Next day it asked to update to 11.10 so I did against my better judgement. 11.1 was running and at 38 minutes remaining it froze and the screen turned gray. After a couple of hours it was the same so I turned it off. WRONG!
So today, I turn it on, it cycles to the Unbuntu screen and the next screen is black and blank with a blinking cursor. It doesn't change after a couple of hours except to say bluetooth is enabled and a couple of similar things. After a couple of hours, again, it just blinks. I know this is vague. I don't know what info to provide but if someone will ask, I'll find the answers. Thanks!
No need to constantly get the latest release as you have done. The LTS desktop edition is supported thru April of 2014.
After successfully burning the CD, use it as a Live CD and not install until you have determined that it will function on the laptop.
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