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Old 12-08-2010, 09:56 PM   #1
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Please help me out! ubuntu 10.10 booting to terminal!!!

i am fairly new to Ubuntu. i was using it fine for a month, but today, when i booted my computer up, it came up with a black screen instead of the normal purple ubuntu screen. the black screen had white text on it, and asked for my username and password. from there, it was a terminal prompt.

i have been google searching for a while, and have tried typing "startx", "sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop", "sudo gdm", and i have also tryed uninstalling xorg, and reinstalling, and none of these things wanted to do anything for me.

please help me work this out...
Old 12-08-2010, 10:12 PM   #2
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Have you checked the logs?

Sounds like it boots just fine. Next step is to look at the log files. Just enter the command the following command "dmesg" in the shell. It will give you some clue about what is happening.

It almost seems like your are at run level 2 or 3 instead of run level 5. You can enter the command "who -r" to see your run level. You can change to a new run level using the command: "telinit 5"
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After you type in your username and password, then type in startx: what error is displayed?
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Have you tried "startgdm"
Alt + F7

Hopefully it's something simple like that.
Old 12-09-2010, 01:45 PM   #5
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i tried everything the first and 3rd person said to try, and none of it worked.

the 2nd person asked what the error from typing startx was a very long error, but since i currently don't have access to that computer tower, i can't tell exactly what it was.

i think that since i don't have very many things stored on my computer yet, i will just re-install ubuntu. i still have the disc.


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