Before i get into my problems i'll give a little background. I'm running ubuntu 11.04 natty as the only OS on my hard drive. After the install i used the ethernet port for internet but never got around to installing my wireless driver; my current living situation has wireless but no wired internet, so my machine is not hooked up to the web.
After install i opted to encrypt my entire drive. Recently i decided that it was unnecessary for my current situation, so i tried to remove the encryption. The only apparent way to do that was to manually delete the key in system settings->keys & encryption. Maybe that's whats causing all of my problems?
My problem is as follows, and happened the 1st time i booted after deleting the key-
I boot to the ubuntu login. My login name (for purposes of this thread Xxx) appears as normal.
I click the username and since i deleted the password key it brings me directly to the desktop, but without my background or the GUI loaded.
It then displays the following errors in a popup-
"There is a problem with the configuration server. (usr/lib/libgconf2-4/gconf-sanity-check-2 exited with status 256)"
"Could not update ICEauthority file /home/Xxx/.ICEauthority"
When i would leave the computer alone at this point it would 'lock' and ask for my password; the old password was accepted, a blank one was not.
I had problems logging into the terminal at this point (asks for password, login screen does not) but i got through it and was trying some fixes when i decided to use the passwd command, specifically
I hoped that it would wipe my password from the system and therefore restore access.. looks like it was a big mistake, because now when i enter the terminal and enter
it prompts me for a password, when i provide the old one it fails, when i type nothing and hit enter it fails.
so as of right now i can't use sudo, which basically stops me from trying anything else.
on the line for my user.
If i leave the computer alone, two more graphically pleasing (looks normal, i can move them) windows appear.
One is the update manager; im not connected to the internet, but hitting the "install updates" brings up an authentication prompt. Again, like in the terminal, both my old password and no password fail.
The other one states "Nautilus could not create the following folders: /home/Xxx/Desktop, /home/Xxx/.nautilus. Before running Nautilus please create these folders or set permissions such that nautilus can create them."
I am then able to alt+tab between the terminal the other window, and the graphics of doing so look pretty normal
When i leave the computer alone long enough for it to 'lock', the screen fades all the way to black and without input instantly returns to normal, without prompting for a password as it did before i used the passwd command.
I was planning to wipe the drive and install a different version of ubuntu soon anyway, but i make music on my computer and my project files are priceless & irreplaceable- All i need is to be able to move files off the drive. Previous attempts to do so with a boot USB have failed, stating "You do not have the permissions neccesary to view the contents". i have tried ecrpytfs-recover-private and was still not able to view the files in the temporary folder i created... maybe i'm just a noob? anyway i'm thinking that ecrpytfs-recover-private might be nonfunctional now that i don't have a password to use with it....
I do have the long key (8263a0ed94a7cbf26bc464e194781195) provided when i setup the encryption, but i cant figure out anyway that it'll help me... maybe just more newbness?