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It most likely has a temp file laying around.
I have no clue where they are, but with strace you can look to see what file it checks right before it gives you that message. Go, and delete it. Most likely something in /tmp
1) I changed all the ownership of directories and files in my home directory to my username.
2) Removed directories/file(s) from the /tmp folder that had my ownership.
3) Deleted .X0-lock file from the /tmp folder
No difference!!! I am still not able to run startx under my user name.
It is about time that I found a solution to my problem. I realized, or stumbled upon, to be more precise, on the solution. I was able to get back the GUI after deleting the file .Xauthority from all the logins where I had the problem.
Any idea why that particular file was causing this?