Visit Jeremy's Blog.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software
User Name
Linux - Software This forum is for Software issues.
Having a problem installing a new program? Want to know which application is best for the job? Post your question in this forum.


  Search this Thread
Old 12-31-2015, 11:37 AM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Dec 2015
Posts: 2

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Can't switch between users- Mint 17.3

Hi all
I think I have an unusual problem. Everything has been working fine until I created another standard user in Linux. Now I can't switch back to my admin account. Every time I click on "Menu"->"Log-out"->"Switch users" Mint just logs me out and logs me back in to the guest account I have created.
While I am being logged out I can see my admin log on screen for a fraction of a second and then back to the guest account.
As this account is a standard quest account I cannot open "Users and groups" folder.
Additionally a password is assigned to this account which I have not created.
I have tried booting the system in the recovery mode but it still logs me in to the guest account.
I use Mint 17.3 Rosa 64 bit.
Does anyone have any suggestions why I cannot switch back to my admin account?
Any chance it can be done through the terminal? Is it a bug in Mint?
I would be grateful for any help.
Old 12-31-2015, 03:34 PM   #2
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: Oregon
Distribution: Ubuntu
Posts: 64

Rep: Reputation: 17
Nice writeup here: Read it first. Then press CTRL-ALT-F2 keys at the same time. This will take you to a text-mode login screen. Log in with the admin account, edit the /etc/mdm/mdm.conf file. Maybe check for a "TimedLoginDelay=" setting and a "TimedLogin=" values and adjust as desired. I'm thinking that you may not have the TimedLoginDelay, or it is set to 0.
1 members found this post helpful.
Old 01-02-2016, 02:14 PM   #3
LQ Newbie
Registered: Dec 2015
Posts: 2

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Hi Gsidious!

Your suggestion solved the problem.
I have edited the mdm.conf file as suggested in the link you gave me and it solved the problem.
Thanks for your help!



Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Switch back from Mint to Windows? theycallmereece Linux - Newbie 56 03-28-2015 06:32 PM
Switch to Mint KDE - 'cause it's selling here! Netnovice Linux Mint 31 08-04-2013 10:54 AM
Making the Switch from Mint to Debian shane25119 Debian 33 06-11-2013 08:48 AM
[SOLVED] Mint: Switch Gnome / KDE alfredo10 Linux - Laptop and Netbook 5 11-15-2010 07:56 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:16 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration