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Old 01-20-2016, 10:12 PM   #1
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Won't accept password


Hi guys, both my browsers (Google and ice weasel) were starting to act strange and so I restarted my computer. I am typing in the correct password but it just keeps going back to the log in screen. It won't load up the mate desktop. There is a desktop choice in the top right hand corner and I selected mate because it was set to default X session. I'm not sure if that has anything to do with it. I have really valuable files on this computer. Is there anything I can do? Any boot sequence I can run to gain access?
 
Old 01-20-2016, 10:38 PM   #2
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Can you boot to rescue mode? https://www.debian.org/releases/stab...h08s07.html.en
 
Old 01-21-2016, 06:47 AM   #3
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When I press f12 it boots on the boot menu. Is this what you mean.
 
Old 01-21-2016, 03:29 PM   #4
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don't panic!
it sounds like your graphics driver got borked after the last update. happens.
you rcomputer is healthy, it just can't boot to a graphical desktop atm.

next time you boot, instead of logging in, try pressing Ctrl+Alt+F2 - does that bring you to a text console where you can log in with your normal credentials (this is largely the same as booting to recovery mode)?

if so, please post the output of
Code:
lspci -k | grep -EA5 'vga|3d'
sudo cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log.old | grep -C5 EE
 
Old 01-21-2016, 08:01 PM   #5
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thank you ondoho, i just got your message now. i found out what happened and i think its probably a good idea to share it just incase anyone else has the same problem.

i have a 120 gb ssd drive and my dropbox is 1tb. i synced the dropbox and it filled my hard drive. it was looking for more space but the drive was already full. debian stops performing properly when the drive is full as it cannot fullfill its functions.

the username and password input boxes show up but it wouldnt let me log in. it appeared that i was typing in the wrong password but it didnt give me a password error... only when i typed in the wrong password did it give me the error, thats how i knew it wasnt the password.

i downloaded a boot recovery iso and burned a cd. i booted from the cd and it told me there was zero space.... i delted files but it kept filling back up with the dropbox sync. debian will not let you log in. i logged in as root, disconnected from the internet and deleted all the drop box files after backing them up. i restarted and debian allowed me to log in again.

the problem was a full disk. it seemed like a complete wigg out but it was literally a full disk. i just want to put this out there incase anyone has the same issue.

Last edited by dunnery; 01-21-2016 at 08:04 PM. Reason: add more info
 
  


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