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    Computer suddenly won't boot to desktop

    I upgraded to Oneiric in November and after some trouble, got my video card working perfectly. Today, for some reason, my computer suddenly stopped booting to the desktop. Now it goes the BIOS screen and then goes to a dark purple background, which it usually shows for a few seconds before displaying the splash screen, but now it just stays on that blank screen with the dark purple background. I have the NVIDIA GeForce 7025 onboard video. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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    Re: Computer suddenly won't boot to desktop

    In grub, can you press 'e' to go to the edit mode?

    There you should delete the words "quiet splash" and try to boot.

    Now you will see a bunch of text instead of a splash screen. Can you tell us where it hangs?

    EDIT: If you don't see any error message or so, you can take a picture of the screen, check that the text is readable, and upload it here.

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    Re: Computer suddenly won't boot to desktop

    While you are presented with Grub screen, press keyboard button 'e'. You'll be presented with the lines code of Grub. Find the term 'quiet splash' in it. Replace those with 'nomodeset' and try to log in. If the issue persists, please provide us with error message or screen shot as suggested by 'sanderd17'.

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    Re: Computer suddenly won't boot to desktop

    My computer never goes to the grub menu. I think it's set that way by default, right? I can get to a console with Ctrl+Alt+F1. How can I get the grub to show up using that?

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    Re: Computer suddenly won't boot to desktop

    Quote Originally Posted by Crimson_Tider View Post
    My computer never goes to the grub menu. I think it's set that way by default, right? I can get to a console with Ctrl+Alt+F1. How can I get the grub to show up using that?
    Oh, so your computer completely boots, but you just don't get gdm.

    changing grub things won't help with that (as far as I see).

    maybe try from the tty to do
    Code:
    sudo rc.d restart gdm
    and see what you get.

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    Re: Computer suddenly won't boot to desktop

    Quote Originally Posted by sanderd17 View Post
    Oh, so your computer completely boots, but you just don't get gdm.

    changing grub things won't help with that (as far as I see).

    maybe try from the tty to do
    Code:
    sudo rc.d restart gdm
    and see what you get.
    Code:
    sudo: rc.d: command not found

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    Re: Computer suddenly won't boot to desktop

    Quote Originally Posted by Crimson_Tider View Post
    Code:
    sudo: rc.d: command not found
    Sorry, drop the rc.d. And I forgot that oneiric uses lightdm, so try

    Code:
    sudo restart gdm
    AND
    Code:
    sudo restart lightdm

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    Re: Computer suddenly won't boot to desktop

    I would suggest you remove your graphics card once and try to boot....see what happens...sometimes your video card might cause boot failure too....Goodluck
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    Re: Computer suddenly won't boot to desktop

    Code:
    sudo restart gdm
    gives me

    Code:
    restart: Unknown job: gdm
    and

    Code:
    sudo restart lightdm
    [/QUOTE]

    gives me

    Code:
    restart: Unknown instance:

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    Re: Computer suddenly won't boot to desktop

    Quote Originally Posted by WinuxUser View Post
    I would suggest you remove your graphics card once and try to boot....see what happens...sometimes your video card might cause boot failure too....Goodluck
    I don't actually have a graphics card. I have onboard video.

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