I am pretty new at ubuntu and linux in general. I'm configuring a new installation and going ga ga for all nifty effects compiz gives me, and then I think I went one check box too far. (I enabled reflection and further enabled it for windows..not even sure what that means, but it sounded cool. My piddly integrated graphics card seems to disagree.)
So my OS froze. I rebooted and still frozen. So I rebooted in recovery mode, fixed broken packages, and rebooted yet again.
Now I can log in , but after logging in, all I see is full screen brownish pic that says "ubuntu" in the middle with a bunch of loopy swirls all over the place. I'm not sure what this means, or what incantation of linux commands I can utter to pass beyond it. I'm wishfully thinking that if I could get to my desktop in a "safe mode", and disable one or more compiz options, I'd be back in business. But I'm struggling to figure out how.
Any insights or solutions would be much appreciated.