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Old 07-09-2008, 07:11 PM   #1
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Exclamation why do I always get a blank screen when I'm try to log into xubuntu?

every time I try to log on to any account on my computer I just get a plain grey or blue screen. I'm new to linux so I'm basically helpless trying to deal with this on my own. please help.
Old 07-09-2008, 07:27 PM   #2
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1. press [ctl][alt][F1] to get virtual console #1, then log in as root.

2. check if the "network loopback" device is active:
ifconfig | grep lo
If not, then bring it up:
ifup lo
ifconfig lo up loopback

3. check permissions on the /tmp directory:
ls -ld /tmp
You should get something like:
drwxrwxrwt 9 root root
Also check permissions on /tmp/.X11-unix and /tmp/.ICE-unix

To get back to the GUI, log out then press [alt][F7].

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Old 07-09-2008, 08:20 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by pinniped View Post
then log in as root.
yeah, i know this will sound stupid, but how do I log in as root? I did say I was really new.
Old 07-10-2008, 10:07 AM   #4
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I think you use the "sudo" command on the 'buntu distributions.
In a terminal type: man sudo.
Hope this helps....
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sudo passwd root
Old 07-10-2008, 02:20 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by geniushasan View Post
sudo passwd root
The above command is for creating a password to allow root access. That's a different thing, isn't it? Stick with "sudo" for now......
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opps sorry, it should be sudo root


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