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Old 12-17-2009, 01:31 AM   #1
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Ubuntu stuck in root mode, help!


Lately my Ubuntu has been starting in root mode, and I can't get out of it. Reboot doesn't work. Although I'm a bit of a linux newbie, I'm not entirely computer illiterate, but this has me stuck.

Any suggestions?
 
Old 12-17-2009, 02:06 AM   #2
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What do you mean by starting in root mode?

By default, the root account is not even enabled on Ubuntu. Do you recall changing anything?

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Old 12-17-2009, 12:42 PM   #3
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When I start my Ubuntu, I see the brown and white ubuntu logo, and then the screen turns black and asks for my username and password in a command prompt.

The only thing I did in my last session was copy and paste a picture; however I don't believe that had an effect because it started like this once before I did that. Also, it even froze on me once before.

I'm thinking that I'll just wait until I reformat the hard drive and reinstall Ubuntu. I didn't store data on that partition anyway.

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Old 12-17-2009, 04:16 PM   #4
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First chech <CTRL> + <ALT> + <F7> keys. What happens?
Second, log in as root, and type "gdm". What happens?
 
Old 12-17-2009, 06:36 PM   #5
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Nothing happens when I press <ctrl>+<alt>+<f7>

when I type "gdm", I get a message that goes, "Failed to acquire org.gnome.DisplayManager... some gibberish... Warning: Could not acquire name Bailing out."
 
Old 12-17-2009, 11:39 PM   #6
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A non-GUI boot is not "root mode" - you still log on as yourself. Try booting with the recovery option, and see what the last few messages are. At the menu, try continuing to a normal boot and see if it comes up. Else try looking at /var/log/Xorg.0.log - especically for EE entries.
 
Old 12-18-2009, 07:54 AM   #7
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I don't get it. What is root mode? Does it mean that you are logging in as root user?

To know what user you are, open a terminal and enter the command "whoami" (no quotes).
 
Old 12-18-2009, 10:21 AM   #8
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well, when the computer starts I can login to my username, but there's no visual desktop, just command lines. I can start in root mode through the recovery option...

anyway, I'm just going to reformat... it's about that time.
 
  


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