Originally Posted by balajis
Awesome! It worked. I didn't need to restart gdm. I can login. Thank you so much!!
Just an info for beginners using linux through vmware:
If you have this problem, when you restart linux, just press F1, it takes you to a window where it shows the name of the OS installed. Type "a", it pops up a line
>> ..... "something"..... quiet
add a "1" after this line... like
>> ..... "something"..... quiet 1
I think the idea is just to login as a single user.
This one takes you to the command prompt.
Now if you do as @AlucardZero said, it works.
To be more precise: when the grub menu pops up, press any key (say, the down arrow key) to interrupt the Grub countdown. I don't know what pressing 'a' or 'f1' is supposed to do. If there is a menu entry that says Single User Mode, choose it. Else arrow to a kernel line (the first or second), hit 'e' to edit, go down to the 'kernel' line and hit 'e' to edit, and append '1' or 'single' to the line. Enter out of the editor then 'b' to boot into single user mode.