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    Weird problem related to my user account settings?

    Hello everyone, I've got a strange problem on my hands.. strange as in "I don't really know where to begin look for solutions".

    All of a sudden I'm having various problems:
    • Unable to mount a drive by clicking on it within nautilus
    • Firefox gives me an error message saying "The bookmarks and history system will not be functional because one of Firefox's files is in use by another application. Some security software can cause this problem."
    • Strange soundproblems that comes and goes
    • Unity stopped working

    There might be more, but this is what comes to mind right now.

    Now, these problems doesn't really seem to have anything in common, right?
    • The drive I can easily mount from command line with
      Code:
      sudo mount
      , but from within nautilus all I get is "Unable to mount drive Not Authorized".
    • The problem with Firefox I tried fixing by following this: http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/...e%20functional
      But that didn't work.
    • I got Unity to work again by logging in to Unity 2D, and using ccsm to re-enable the "Ubuntu Unity plugin". Don't know why it was disabled, I sure didn't do it.
    • The soundproblems I can fix by doing a
      Code:
      killall pulseaudio
      followed by
      Code:
      pulseaudio

    The only thing I can recall doing these last days is going into "User Accounts" and enabling "Automatic Login". Now, that doesn't work either, I still have to log in manually.
    If I open "System settings" from the menu up to the right and open "User Accounts" I cannot do anything. The button for unlocking the settings is grayed out and it says "System policy prevents changes. Contact your system administrator."
    The fun part is that if I open "System settings" from the unity menu to the left and click on "User Accounts" the window crashes.

    OK, so I'm thinking this has something to do with my user, but I am logged in as I always have been, account type "Administrator".
    I don't get it.

    Help, please?

  2. #2
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    Re: Weird problem related to my user account settings?

    Same problem here.
    Everything started when I enabled automatic login.
    Sound problems, mounting problems and I can't even shut down my pc. Even if I select shut down it just logs out from my account.
    The difference is that firefox works fine with no problems. Unity works fine too.

    Help plz??
    Last edited by yehuda_moon; December 9th, 2011 at 09:29 AM.

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    Question Re: Weird problem related to my user account settings?

    Same problem here!, window "User accounts" have UNLOCK button disabled, and this message is displayed "system policy prevents changes"

    my problem starts when I tried to enable automatic login on 11.10

    I followed instructions from here:

    http://www.liberiangeek.net/2011/09/...-with-lightdm/

    please note some comments added at the end:

    Proceed with caution when doing this. When I followed the above procedure and rebooted, my computer hung at “Checking Battery State”. The fix is to get back into the desktop and remove auto-start

    -ctrl-alt-f1 to a command prompt
    -login
    -”sudo lightdm start”
    - gui-login
    - follow procedures to disable auto-login
    I am confused about this comment, any toughts?

    Thanks!

  4. #4
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    Re: Weird problem related to my user account settings?

    Me too getting these types of problems, my keyboard stops working and files are opening and closing themself I just sitting and watching everything after 5 6 min all become ok,
    I face this problem every after 30 40 mins
    Last edited by farhanawan; December 15th, 2011 at 05:45 PM.

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    Re: Weird problem related to my user account settings?

    I am having a similar problem in that my issue started when I enabled auto login. Thing is, I cannot log in at all. When I get to the login screen where you select user account, it doesn't ask for a password and when I click on my user it goes into a loop at spits me right back to the login screen. I'm at a loss.

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    Re: Weird problem related to my user account settings?

    First post for me here. I am a noob. I've installed Ubuntu 11.10-64, running Unity, (fakeraid0).

    I also had strange problems after enabling "auto logon" for my user account. It took a long time to load the desktop, I couldn't shutdown or reboot from the GUI (it would just go to the login screen), sometimes the swap file partition would not mount.

    In System-UserAccounts I couldn't make any changes, and the unlock button said "System Policy prevents changes, contact your System Administrator" (which is me). The "Automatic Logon" was stuck "ON".

    Here is what I did:

    bill@ubuntu11:~$ sudo gedit /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf

    I changed this:

    [SeatDefaults]
    greeter-session=unity-greeter
    user-session=ubuntu
    autologin-user=bill

    To this:

    [SeatDefaults]
    greeter-session=unity-greeter
    user-session=ubuntu
    autologin-user=

    Saved and rebooted, logged in, went to System-UserAccounts and it's now unlocked. I made sure Automatic Logon was turned off, and everything appears to be working OK now.

    I hope that helps someone. These forums have helped me immensely. Thanks.

  7. #7
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    Re: Weird problem related to my user account settings?

    Thanks, that worked for me also Thanks

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    Bug #1050437

    I'm having bug #1050437. Perhaps it is related. I didn't set up autologin, though.

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    Re: Weird problem related to my user account settings?

    Thanks for sharing and please do not post in threads that have not had activity for a year or longer, since this is an old thread it has been closed.

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