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desktop doesn't load in my newly installed Ubuntu 12.04

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http://askubuntu.com – Desktop doesn't load in my newly installed Ubuntu 12.04. I am unable to get the desktop to load in my newly installed Ubuntu 12.04. Details: I recently installed Ubuntu 12.04 on a Gateway 5300 laptop (Computer #1) using the alternate ISO (ubuntu-12.04.1-alternate-i386.iso). This was a new installation not an upgrade. This is a dual boot with Windows XP Home using the Grub loader 1.99-21Ubuntu3.1. The installation appears to be successful: +Computer boots to Grub screen - OK. +OS can be selected or will automatically proceed to Ubuntu after time delay. +Ubuntu shows the password screen and a (HowTos)