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I finally managed to get Ubuntu onto a spare IBM ThinkPad (a T60 1951-U5 so I could play with it. I installed the ISO for v12.04.1 onto a spare USB ...
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    Umm... Ok. Weird post-install problem.


    I finally managed to get Ubuntu onto a spare IBM ThinkPad (a T60 1951-U5 so I could play with it. I installed the ISO for v12.04.1 onto a spare USB flash drive using Unetbootin, plugged it in, and went to town.

    The install looked like it went correctly (I asked it to format the drive and then install Ubuntu), and I was asked to reboot. I rebooted the laptop, and the IBM splash screen came on (so the BIOS appears to be fine), and then it flashed to a black, blank screen. Well, blank except for a little cursor at the top of the screen. I tried rebooting a couple of times, and the same thing. I let it sit for five minutes, and nothing. Pressing keys on the keyboard or touching the trackpad does nothing.

    So any idea what is wrong or what I should do? I'm thinking that I should reconfigure the boot order to boot to the USB drive first, and then I can partition/reinstall again. My only fear is that I would just get the black screen again.

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    This is usually indicative of no operating system. I'd say reinstall, make sure you choose to install Grub on /dev/sda.

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    Lets check if installer has created partition structure or not.
    Boot up from USB again and execute this in Terminal :
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    sudo fdisk -l
    lspci | grep -i vga
    Post output here.

    * Its small L in fdisk -l.
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