Originally Posted by kimble.ken
To be more complete:
I was running Cinnamon 2.4.8 on Mint 17.1 on Ubuntu 14.04 on Debian (Jessie).
now you're messing with me.
pointlessly, because my request was justified and not in the least nitpicky, as you are implying now.
The Cinnamon desktop stopped working
what happened prior to it? update/grade, installed new software, anything?
No login screen, only a reddish page with "Ubuntu 14.04" in the center.
I have (since last post) installed Cinammon but nothing changed. I can issue "startx" to get a Cinnamon desktop, but no icons in the toolbar (except default) and firefox does not remember any of the tool bar, bookmark or other settings.
at first i thought it was a driver problem, but firefox not remembering anything... could be your hard drive is full, or the system switched to read only for some reason...
the key is to see the boot- and other logs for signs.
first of all, you will have to boot into rescue mode (i think you have to press and hold shift during boot, to get the grub menu, then select rescue or emergency or single user mode. can be named differently).
there, issue the following commands:
lspci -k >> multilog
du -h >> multilog
sudo ls /var/log >> multilog
then reboot, find the file "multilog" in your $HOME, and post its content here.
if that doesn't work, remove the ">> multilog" bit from all commands and simply post their output here.