Ubuntu freezes

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http://www.ubuntux.org – Hey all. I really need need some help so here's my problem: I installed ubuntu 6.10 on an older laptop with no working operating system. The install went fine, finalized okay, etc., but when I removed the installation disk after install and tried to reboot, ubuntu froze up. It takes me past the first black ubuntu splash screen with progress bar to a peach colored screen where the mouse cursor animates briefly then the whole process stops. it just sits at this screen. Please help, I have to get this laptop working. thanx!! (Distributions)