Originally Posted by k3lt01
Holding "Shift" should bring up Grub.
Here is another thread
on this. Try this trick
first (it is post 20 in that thread) and let us know how you go.
Problem solved - thanks to post 20! And thanks for pointing it out!!!!
A more detailed explanation:
I decided to try the post 20 option (upgrade from ubuntu 11.10 to ubuntu 11.10), to see what happens. While I was doing this option, just before the installation started, it popped a message saying that I had no swap and it offered me to go back to the partition part to make a partition for the swap. I did go back and found myself in the advanced partition menu of the install CD. Note that the previous times that I installed, I simply chose in which disk I want to install ubuntu (I have two in my desktop, one of 1T and one of 160G). I chose the 1T all the time and did not go into the advanced partition thing because I wanted a simple install, ubuntu on all the 1T disk. Now that I was forced to enter there due to this swap message, I noticed that on the previous installation (the one that did boot into the black screen), it somehow chose to install the MBR in the 160G disk instead of in the 1T disk, which is the one I had always chosen.
Anyways, I made the swap partition, chose the 1T for the MBR and proceeded with the upgrade ubuntu 11.10 to ubuntu 11.10 option. It took more than 2 hours to complete the installation (as opposed to 20/30 mins on previous times) and in the end, low and behold, it booted OK.
Now I don't know if what solved the problem is the fact that I corrected the location where MBR should be installed OR the ubuntu 11.10 to ubuntu 11.10 upgrade option OR a combination of both.