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Hello everyone I am new here and not sure this is the right place to post this. First I have a computer that had Windows XP on it and I decided to switch to Ubuntu. I was able to install it but I noticed that it was a dual boot and I was looking around for a way to get XP of the drive because when I installed ubuntu it installed it inside the partion with XP, anyways I am about to have back surgery so I move slow, I got up to go to the bathroom and when I came back my darling 4 year old had been on the comp. It was in the process of shutting down. When it restarted it went straight to a black screen with a blinking cursor. I tried to enter safe mode and everything else but it wont work. so i tried to put the ubuntu disk in and just do a clean install but it just sits there doing nothing. Can someone please tell me what I can do. Thanks ever so much.
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Did you check the MD5 Sum before you installed it? I have a feeling your Ubuntu CD is corrupted.

Ubuntu doesn't just 'mess up' on a reboot, I don't even know if that is possible with the simplicity and alerts Ubuntu gives you.

Does it go to the 'Try Ubuntu' screen? If yes, do the one that Checks for Errors.
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