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i am new to the linux community - been using mepis8 for five months - no problems until yesterday
it won't let me logon
i get "could not start kstartupconfig - check your inst"
i have neither downloaded nor installed anything recently
nor have i knowingly made any changes
i can logon as root
it was suggested that i create a new user which i did and i can logon with this new identity
it was suggested that i tried repair in mepis user assistant but my original logon name does not appear in the user list
however when i tried to create a user identity using that name, i was told i couldn't as it already existed
all help gratefully received
when i google this problem there are hundreds of hits
[so it is not uncommon]
but no answers especially accessible ones
the linux community uses language which assumes a degree of familiarity but is largely incomprehensible to me - a real newbie
i've spent two days trying to sort this problem, read hundreds of posts, perused the real as well as the virtual and i don't have a clue as to how to go about solving it
presumably most of the people who have had this problem have resolved it
why can't i find out how?