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Old 02-06-2007, 02:28 PM   #1
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startup problem


Hi!

This is my second week with ubuntu 6.06, and worked fine until now. Now, every time I turn my laptop on, all works fine until the login screen should appear, instead I get a terminal login whitch I can't get away. I've tried ctrl+alt+f7,backspace, but it wont work
anyone who can help me? Need my laptop very soon, as I've got a presentation stored on it...
 
Old 02-06-2007, 04:01 PM   #2
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Your /etc/inittab might be set to run at a lower run level. I know when I want my boxes to boot to terminal I set them mostly at runlevel 3.

If not, at the terminal, login and try typing in 'startx'
 
Old 02-07-2007, 02:16 PM   #3
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Thanks for the help, though when I try to do this, I only get a grey screen with my mouse, anyone who knows what to do?
 
Old 02-07-2007, 07:41 PM   #4
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sounds like it's time to backup your data and reinstall linux. At least you still have the terminal to do that =)
 
Old 02-07-2007, 07:57 PM   #5
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Why reinstall? It may be necessarty but possibly not. It looks like X is starting up but not starting any window system. Try creating a file called .xinitrc (note the leading period) in your home directory and put the following in it:

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exec gnome-session
Then try startx again and see if you get into GNOME.
 
Old 02-07-2007, 08:09 PM   #6
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If you are still getting your mouse, then X is working, so all hope is not lost.

I've never used Ubuntu (I'm a Slacker myself), but if you just want to have a quick check on whether or not Gnome is working, type "startx gnome". If that first one doesn't work (it should), try "gdm-stop; gdm" at the cli... that should get you to your login screen.
 
Old 02-08-2007, 01:49 PM   #7
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thanks steevols! It's working again now =D
 
Old 02-10-2007, 02:28 PM   #8
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No problem! I've had my share of X related problems
 
  


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