> I kept hearing great things about the speed of Ubuntu 8.10s start-up
> and decided to install it a few weeks ago. This release seems to be
> plagued with issues, and in my opinion was not ready to be released as
> "stable." I have worked out most of my problems, however...
> Upon start-up about 10 seconds after powering on the computer, I am
> presented with a black screen with a flashing (under-score) in the top
> left corner. The machine will do this indefinitely unless I hold down
> 'ctrl' or 'alt'. After I hold down one of these keys, I am in 'X' in
> about 30 seconds.
Just thought I'd give an update on this in case anyone else runs into
this. The issue was resolved by simply passing the "hpet=disable"
kernal parameter at boot up. I have entered this into the GRUB.conf
file and have not had an issue since(about 2 weeks now).