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Posted 21 Sep 2010 by ttoilleb
I had this same problem with an nVidia onboard chip. It seems as tho it is a common problem with either ATI or nVidia.
Assuming you are booting from the LiveCD, when you get the purple screen with the Keyboard and Stick figure, hit the spacebar. Then, select your language. You should now be at the selection screen. Press F6 and choose the nomodeset option. Then go your merry way.
Here are some links that discuss the problem and solutions.
As for multi-boot, you may want to look at the following for some ideas. Be careful, 10.04 (and 9.10) went to Grub2 which is a bear to setup as described at this link.
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