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GauravVK
February 6th, 2010, 09:05 AM
hey , i successfully installed Ubuntu 8.10 on my PC , i already had widows XP installed , so i wanted to dual boot . now that Ubuntu is installed , when i enter mu username and password , i just get a brown screen and nothing else . i tried waiting for an hour . pls help .

mushwars
February 6th, 2010, 09:19 AM
in linux wait usually doenst really help. you need to find out what is wrong.

try going ctl + alt + f2
you should get to a login screen.. do so

then type this

cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log | grep EEyou could also cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log | tail and search look for anything out of the ordinary. If possible I would like to see the entire log.


edit: a dmesg | tail might be in order too, see if you see anything that looks odd. A paste of that would be nice...
do this

cd ~ && dmesg > ubuntuerror.txtthan pastebin that by putting it on a flash drive.

do this.
put in your flashdrive.


sudo mkdir /mnt/usb
sudo mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt/usb
cd /mnt/usb
sudo cp /var/log/Xorg.0.log /mnt/usb
sudo cp ~/ubuntuerror.txt /mnt/usb
cd ..
sudo umount usb/


then put your flashdrive in a working computer and post the conetnets of the files

GauravVK
February 6th, 2010, 09:36 AM
i tried that but it does not respond to
Ctrl + alt + F2

mbzn
February 6th, 2010, 09:40 AM
Does the live cd work fine?

Try burning at lower speed, it could be something on the install disc

mushwars
February 6th, 2010, 09:47 AM
i tried that but it does not respond to
Ctrl + alt + F2
I have seen that problem where it kills the whole graphics card when you startx. do you mind telling me what kind of graphics card you have?


ps. dont worry if it was the cd's fault you wouldnt have gotten this far.

GauravVK
February 6th, 2010, 09:51 AM
i got the login screen .
i entered the username and password successfully .
then i entered the code
cat/var/log/Xorg.0.log|grp EE

then it says no such file found .

GauravVK
February 6th, 2010, 09:56 AM
i am using intel82845G graphics controller .

mushwars
February 6th, 2010, 10:01 AM
i got the login screen .
i entered the username and password successfully .
then i entered the code
cat/var/log/Xorg.0.log|grp EE

then it says no such file found .

are you positive you typed it EXACTLY as I did? with spaces capital X more spaces and there is an e in grep.

That log file has everything I need in it to tell you what you have to do to get it working :)

GauravVK
February 6th, 2010, 11:21 AM
as I entered
sudo mount /dev/sdb 1 /mnt/usb
it says
mount: only root can do that .

mushwars
February 6th, 2010, 11:23 AM
as I entered
sudo mount /dev/sdb 1 /mnt/usb
it says
mount: only root can do that .
then you have more problems than just your graphics going on.
sudo allows you to run as root, if for some reason you are out of the wheel group or your sudo config file got changed you have bigger problems.

GauravVK
February 6th, 2010, 11:25 AM
shall i delete this installation and install it again ?
if yes , then how do i do that ?

mushwars
February 6th, 2010, 11:38 AM
now that you mention it, you say a "brown" screen. brown as in ubuntu desktop background brown? if so hit alt + f2 and type nautilus I think for some odd reason nautilus didnt start.

do you have a mouse? can you right click and get a menu?

GauravVK
February 6th, 2010, 11:41 AM
yes , i have a mouse , but the right click does not give me a menu , infact it gives me nothing .

GauravVK
February 6th, 2010, 11:42 AM
thats ubuntu brown .

mushwars
February 6th, 2010, 11:46 AM
did you try alt + f2?

if you have a middle button try clicking that, if not click both the left and right button

( this reminds me of when I first started using sawfish it is the same as what you have now only a black background then you cant just left click or right click you have to middle click, took me a LONG time to figure it out, at first I thought it didnt work ) <-- ignore that

GauravVK
February 6th, 2010, 11:51 AM
tried alt + F2 , does not help .

mushwars
February 6th, 2010, 11:54 AM
I am out of Ideas, maybe someone else will read this thread.

GauravVK
February 6th, 2010, 11:57 AM
i hope so . neways , thanks a lot mate . cheers .

galdren
February 6th, 2010, 12:25 PM
some general questions:

what are your computer specs?

which version of ubuntu did you install? (amd64/etc..)

did your installation work before? Or was it like this at first log-in?

if it worked before, did you try installing drivers for your graphics card or any other significant software?

GauravVK
February 6th, 2010, 06:44 PM
i have 768 MB of RAM , intel pentium processor , intel 82845G graphics controller , intel 82845 motherboard , 160 GB of HDD . I am dual booting my system with windows XP , This was my first time with Ubuntu . it got installed properly , as I logged in successfully , i got the UBUNTU brown screen and nothing else . It does not respond to keyboard or mouse clicks , nothing . pls help .

galdren
February 6th, 2010, 08:45 PM
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galdren
February 6th, 2010, 08:51 PM
well the live cd should install an almost identical copy to your hard drive...yeah I'd say try reinstalling it from the live cd

use a 32-bit version in case your current live cd is 64-bit

if that also doesn't work, try kubuntu (which is ubuntu without gnome :D)