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Old 10-20-2005, 06:13 PM   #1
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setup problem - cannot login/cannot load desktop

Okay, so I did something pretty retarded.

I've got Kubuntu installed on my new laptop (Dell Inspirion 6000, dual-booted with Windows), and it's my first time using this OS. I go in to adjust settings to my liking. Somewhere in the process I screwed up, most likely under the login manager. I logged into administrator mode and messed with the box that's set to default "Welcome to Kubuntu", the picture/wallpaper option in this area, and I changed my user name and added another user name.

Now I can't login under my user name (tried previous password and current password with both previous user name and current user name), and though it accepts the password and tries to load the desktop under the new user name I added, it simply flashes the image I chose under the wallpaper setting and is unable to load.

I also tried logging in under console mode, which I was successful at under the new user name, but couldn't figure out from there how I ought to fix what I messed up; I was still totally unable to load the desktop. I think if I could revert my changes to default I should be okay, but maybe I'm wrong there, too.

I'm sure this is probably an easy fix, I'm just that much of a newb.
Old 10-20-2005, 06:55 PM   #2
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on the console, try the 'startx' command.
It will try to start your desktop and fail, but you will get the output of the startx command.
Tell us what it says...
Old 10-25-2005, 05:04 PM   #3
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(nb: I'm replying from my desktop and don't have a good way to pull text off the laptop right now besides to sit here with both.)

xauth: timeout in locking authority file /home/data/b^2/.serverauth.7738
xauth: timeout in locking authority file home/data/b^2/.Xauthority
xauth: timeout in locking authority file home/data/b^2/.Xauthority
xauth: timeout in locking authority file home/data/b^2/.Xauthority

.... (fast scroll)...

waiting for X server to shut down .

xauth: timeout locking authority file /home/data/b^2/.Xauthority

Data is the E partition, which is read-write for both XP and Kubuntu -- where I keep my stuff. I did also change the "home" folder under those settings, as it pointed to a totally empty folder... possibly my mistake? I'm using Acronis as my bootloader, if that matters re: the partition (partition locking, etc).

Also, can read from b^2 but "permission denied" to copy a file into it. (Though I can copy to /home/data)

Last edited by eeee; 10-25-2005 at 05:10 PM.
Old 10-27-2005, 05:20 PM   #4
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Am I too dumb for help, hmm?


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