[ubuntu] Problems with booting and login on Ubuntu 12.10

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http://ubuntuforums.org – Hello, I've started using Ubuntu 12.10 on a VMware Workstation 9, and I am encountering TWO significant problems: (1) The boot process is AWFULLY slow. Frequently it gets stuck somewhere in the middle, and I have to reset the (virtual) computer. Usually, the boot succeeds after the reset; (2) Today I have encountered an even worse problem: on login, after entering my password, the computer's response was to return to the login screen (no message about bad password appeared). I am absolutely certain that I used the correct password Any help would be appreciated. Re (Hardware)