[ubuntu] ubuntu noob--cant see anything but text and 8 bit graphics

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http://ubuntuforums.org – brace yourself-- im a brand new convert to be but i ak having issues and i think i know what it is but have no clue how to fix it, or what it would be callled in here. tonight i have tried to run both 12.10 and 12.04.1 from usb, from live disc, and under full install to a 1tb drive and i keep having the same issue whidch makes me think its a driver problem i get a purplish menu screen with the normal choices and a line of fkeys across the bottom no matter what i click next, the next screen i will get will say ubuntu with a line of running dots it goes out and the next thing i get looks (Hardware)