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Thanks to everyone who has posted to this thread. As I stated with my original post, Linux is totally new to me. Therefore, most of the suggestions are a bit over my head at this point in my Linux experience. Believe it not, I have learned quite a bit just trying to figure out what everyone is telling me to do and in researching on the net to that end. But I think I'm going to give up on this particular problem and assume I have a bad installation of Linux on this computer. I'm going to try and load Xubuntu from a cd I made yesterday and see if things go a little better.
The funny thing is I've been responding to all the posts in this thread from the computer in question and everything works great! I have no problem with the video at all, other than I can't figure out how to receive streaming video yet. All the applications I've tried work perfectly. It's only when I shut down and try to reboot that the problem appears, and then it takes hours and hours to try and get it booted again.
Thanks again everybody. I'm down but not defeated! This old clunker will rise again with new life through Linux. ;-)
Thanks to everybody who has responded to my question. I've learned quite a bit trying to figure out what I've been told to try. As I stated in my first post, I'm completely new to Linux--My first attempt at loading Ubuntu was last Friday, June 12--so it has been a challenge to follow everyone's suggestions.
I've decided to give up on this installation of Ubuntu and assume the installation went bad somehow. I'm going to load Xubuntu on the same computer to see if it goes better. Down but not defeated! Linux is exciting. I haven't had this much fun in quite a while. :-)
Thanks again to everyone who tried to help me.