Ubuntu did all that when I tried to run it in a virtual machine too.
Try actually booting to the disk and running it like that
Actually, amazing even to myself, I made it through the installation on Virtual PC. The operating system's defaults could definitely use some work, considering the colour depth. However I thought this even more so when I saw that it comes with Firefox, as I feared. Disappointing. Besides that, it seems like a pretty neat operating system, I'll have some fun exploring this.
I don't want to dual boot it because I don't want to shut down my server, and I don't want to have to tip toe around the option that erases all the data on my hard drive.
Anyway, screen shot: http://beatme101.com/images/ss/Ubuntu%20Desktop.jpg
Also, a thing I noticed about the setup is that you can't choose your time zone, you have to choose your city, and that also showed that the makers of the operating system are very very very biased against Canada. You can't choose any Canadian locations. How am I supposed to know what city is in my time zone? Now that I am in the operating system and have proper colours and can read the text completely, it's not telling me the time zone that the city I select is in. Can anybody tell me what city the obviously American and obviously biased creators of Ubuntu use to refer to the Eastern Time Zone? I'm liking Windows even more now.