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And no, right-clicking does nothing; only the power switch gets it to give me any options at all. Please advise! Urgent for a job!

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Although you have not said so (including this type of information is a good idea), I imagine that the install process gave no errors, that the first boot got you to a working graphical login manager, that this machine (specifically your home folder) is freshly formatted and that no other OS is installed. Am I correct? – terdon Jan 7 '13 at 16:41
If you hit ctrl+alt+f1 and type in "startx" does it tell you that no useable config is found? Alternatively have you tried ctrl+alt+f1 followed by ctrl+alt+f7? – Snesticle Jan 7 '13 at 16:49
Yes, terdon, no hitches on install, but the machine still runs Windows as well, hence the boot gave me the option of OSs. (Even though the guy who sent me the link said it would wipe the hard drive.) – user185096 Jan 7 '13 at 17:21
Snasticle: when I type ctrl+alt+f1 it says "ubuntu login:", I type "starx" and it says "password:", but my password isn't accepted...ctrl+alt+f7 brings me back to the same unclickable screen. – user185096 Jan 7 '13 at 17:34
Perhaps I should have specified that you'll need to login at the command prompt before typing in "startx". – Snesticle Jan 7 '13 at 17:48

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