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Old 02-04-2014, 12:57 PM   #1
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Question Cannot log in after timed log out

Hi experts,

when leaving my linux mint 14 (nadia) box on its own for a couple of minutes, it logs me out and switches off the screen.

Behaviour was for several months, that I moved the mouse, the screen lightened up and there was a password prompt.

For a few days now the prompt doesn't show up any more.

Adding to that, there are slight differences in the desktop's appearance:
1) The "Menu" button in the lower left corner has changed its font.
2) The start menu is semi-transparent, which it hasn't always been.
3) Start menu's browser button is set to "Firefox", I had mine set to "Opera".
The opera quick launch is still where it used to be, though.

I suspect it all began with an update, but I really cannot remember anymore whether or not that's true.

Any ideas how to get the login screen back to log me in? It's really tedious to Ctrl+Alt+Back and create a new session and losing everything that has been open.



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Old 02-06-2014, 12:01 PM   #2
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For the password prompt issue:
I have the same on one monitor, it doesn't wake up automatically.
My simple solution:
1) Just type the password, the prompt is most likely there only you can't see it. (I have 2 monitors connected, one always comes alive the other doesn't. And that's where the password prompt normally appears... )
2) Turn monitor power off and then on again. At least my monitor starts working properly this way.

The other things, yes I believe they are caused by updates.
When I updated my Linux Mint (don't remember version, they switch too fast!) I lost my desktop config entirely.
There are some ways to get the original settings back, but honestly the easiest way is to just reconfigure.
Old 02-08-2014, 06:55 AM   #3
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That's a slightly different behaviour. My monitor does power up and shows me a "You are currently logged out" screen. That includes the desktop background, only a little darker, and a clock on the left side.

When I see it next time, I'll try to just type the password, as you suggested.
Old 02-08-2014, 11:47 AM   #4
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Tried it and didn't work.

I can move the mouse, though. It will change its cursor according to being above an invisible window frame, but that doesn't help me unlocking my session.
Old 02-12-2014, 04:06 PM   #5
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In another forum (in my first language) I've been told to
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
And it seems to have worked.

Thank you guys, too.

Old 02-13-2014, 02:09 AM   #6
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I'm gonna bust in and be a smart-ass here.

It looks like you've gotten into MS-quality auto-upgrade issues. Why trust the distro to tell you how to upgrade. Send them some money and they'll fix it for you.

I always compile from source, but I've watched this exact issue grow over the last few years and all the distro-peculiar binaries and packages being mindlessly shared through unknown quality servers.

It's a recipe for trouble, mark my words
Old 02-17-2014, 11:28 AM   #7
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Too early have I rejoiced. The problem mutated:

As of yesterday, I wiggled the mouse, screen went back on and after hitting any key it displayed the login form. I typed and hit "enter". But the darkish (or desaturated?) version of desktop's background image stayed, along with it the date and time. And I could move the mouse to see the cursor change its appearance, resize windows, tell where there are text input fields.

It looks like there is just a redraw operation missing to tell all the windows to show up.

Any ideas?



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