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Old 04-15-2008, 05:06 PM   #1
enazguy
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Booting Problem with Ubuntu Linux


Whenever I boot Ubuntu, it boots as if in text form. The Ubuntu logo comes on, Then after that, the whole screen boots as if it is in the terminal. The screen goes black, then with my user name and asks for a command.

Is there a way so i can boot straight to the login screen like i do on my other computer?

And i know the set-up was correct because i used the same disc to load it on my other computer, and it works fine.
 
Old 04-15-2008, 05:23 PM   #2
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Just because you used the same disc that worked on another computer doesn't mean the setup is just fine. What's probably happening is the graphics driver is failing. Try to login to the text prompt. Then type sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg and when prompted select "VESA" as the driver.
 
Old 04-15-2008, 05:25 PM   #3
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Question troubleshooting X.org

The right name for the "login screen" is GNOME Display Manager or gdm.

The Ubuntu logo with the boot progress bar is a completely separate program from gdm. I think it's called "bootsplash." It uses the screen in a completely different way from gdm.

When the boot loader comes up, before it hands things over to bootsplash, hit F6 and edit the command line. Drive left and right with the cursor arrows, and delete the words "quiet" and "splash" from the command line. then hit Enter and boot the system. Now you can see what's going on as your system comes up.

Most likely, the X Window System is not set up properly for your screen and video card. Ubuntu will try to start it several times in a row, and then wait two minutes and try it all again. This happens quite a lot. It is really hard to recognize all video hardware automatically, especially if you have brand new hardware. For some reason it is really really hard to recognize LCD displays. Let us know what you see. If X.org is failing to run your video hardware, the next step is to look at your /var/log/Xorg.0.log file and figure out why.
 
Old 04-15-2008, 05:27 PM   #4
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Whenever I boot Ubuntu, it boots as if in text form. The Ubuntu logo comes on, Then after that, the whole screen boots as if it is in the terminal. The screen goes black, then with my user name and asks for a command.

Is there a way so i can boot straight to the login screen like i do on my other computer?

And i know the set-up was correct because i used the same disc to load it on my other computer, and it works fine.
Could you post the name of your graphics card, please?

Thanks
 
Old 04-15-2008, 05:36 PM   #5
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X Manager?

Is your login screen a plain black and white screen, as you say text mode?

When you log in from this point, do you get a graphical environment, or a command line?

This sounds like you need to configure the X Manager.

sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg

Follow the prompts. If you are unsure of what to answer, take the defaults.

This program should be able to detect your graphics card.

BTW, I have been told to run it from Recovery mode with no explicit directions not to run it from a login prompt. If you reboot, press ESC to get into the grub menu, and then run dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg, you can skip the sudo if you are running from recovery mode.
 
Old 04-15-2008, 07:00 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone.
And pljvaldez your method worked. Now it works perfectly. Thanks
And one more quick question.
The whole Ubuntu screen only takes up about 2/3 of my screen.
It is centered, with all the empty space being black.
Can i change my screen size (stretch it out)?
Its a 15" screen too.
 
Old 04-15-2008, 07:45 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone.
And pljvaldez your method worked. Now it works perfectly. Thanks
And one more quick question.
The whole Ubuntu screen only takes up about 2/3 of my screen.
It is centered, with all the empty space being black.
Can i change my screen size (stretch it out)?
Its a 15" screen too.
For that you may need drivers other than VESA
VESA is basically a generic video driver, so you can't expect to get a big resolution.

The driver you need is probably in the ubuntu repository, but we need you to post what video card you have to know which driver.

Thanks
 
Old 04-15-2008, 07:52 PM   #8
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thanks to everyone who helped. i played around for a while and finally got it (don't know how)
thanks again
 
  


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