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I am trying to install Ubuntu on my Windows 7 machine. The initial installation finished, when I was then given the option to restart the machine to complete installation.

After restarting it says "Starting Ubuntu". After that the system does not show any messages or options to proceed with the installation.

How can I get the installation to complete?

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What version of Ubuntu (eg Ubuntu 10.04.1 Desktop, 64 bit)? – Cry Havok Aug 19 '11 at 15:01

When the machine starts it should give you a DOS like window with the option to choose from several boot options one of which is a 'ubuntu safemode' though it may be worded differently. Try this or one of the other boot options and it may sort the problem.

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DOS-like window is a contradiction in adjecto. Better say text screen. – user unknown Aug 19 '11 at 15:12
@user: Many MS-DOS programs had windows, and some of them used graphical VGA modes, too. I agree that "text screen" is a better term, though. – grawity Aug 21 '11 at 20:30
To have a window is not the same as to be a DOS-like window. DOS was an OS (hence DOS). On DOS, they were called frames, or boxes, not windows, afaik. – user unknown Aug 21 '11 at 21:37

One More option is using VMware from inside Windows 7, it is much better option, as if you want to delete your Ubuntu partition in the future, you would not have to re partition your drive space to regain control of it. More over Ubuntu from inside VMware just runs like any other application.

So I suggest try VMWare it saves much of the hassle or simply use LiveCD option if your work is temporary.

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