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Upgraded from Ubuntu 9.04. I couldn't get past the splash screen which kept reloading (saw a message flash briefly about screen resolution). I got as far as getting an error message saying that the gnome-power-management was not installed correctly. Googled this and found that I could try removing gnome-power-manager, which I did.
Now, instead of getting the splash screen over and over again, the computer slowly makes its way to the login screen (which takes an eternity). Once I do punch in my login, this times it loops back into the login screen.
I have yet to make it in to try 9.10.
On 9.04, I had an issue with something like this. Ubuntu only worked when I could see at the boot screen: "Unable to load Description Tables". I don't see that message anymore since the upgrade.
(I remember something about ACPI or APCI but I'm not sure if that helps any.)
I took away the "quiet" on the kernel. There wasn't any splash screen. I can't seem to get the line acpi=off to stick.
To explain a little more: When I boot-up, I get the Ubuntu splash screen and then a small white terminal window in the upper-left corner of the screen. I can't get to the desktop. I can only do so if I load the "recovery mode" kernel. I type "startx" and the desktop comes up; but then I do something (like maximizing the synaptic window) and I get the mouse pointer (that doesn't move) with a total black screen. Total crash.