What steps can I take to determine the cause of the failure?
It's a dual boot system. I can boot into windows fine. I can boot Xubuntu using the recovery image though it is very very slow and it gets to the lovely blue landscape login screen. Enter user name and password and then I get a mouse pointer and a fullscreen light blue background while the hard drive makes lots of noises but nothing ever happens.
Are there any tricks to help me figure out what is going on? Logs I can look at?