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Thread: Light blue screen of death after loading Gnome desktop

  1. #1
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    Light blue screen of death after loading Gnome desktop

    I recently upgraded from 10.04 to 12.04 Ubuntu, but I cannot get used to the Unity desktop, so I decided to use Gnome instead, which I loaded from the Software Center (or whatever it's called).

    BUT, now when I logon, I get a light blue screen with a few letters here and there, but nothing else.

    Fortunately, I can run headless using puTTY.
    So now the question is: how do I revert to the Unity desktop?
    Can anyone help?

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    Re: Light blue screen of death after loading Gnome desktop

    On the login screen next to your name, click on the little Gnome "foot" icon and select Ubuntu from the list

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    Re: Light blue screen of death after loading Gnome desktop

    I don't get a login screen.
    It jumps straight to the blue window.
    If you wish in this world to advance, your merits you're bound to enhance,
    You must stir it and stump it, and blow your own trumpet,
    Or trust me, you haven't a chance.
    Ruddigore, G&S

  4. #4
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    Re: Light blue screen of death after loading Gnome desktop

    I've solved my problem, but just in case someone else goes down this path, I'll document what happened.
    1. I downloaded the Gnome desktop from the Software Center
    2. My system was on auto login and when I re-booted, I ended up with a light blue screen with a few odd letters scattered about and no mouse.
    3. I was able to get a terminal using Ctl-Alt-F2 and edit:
    sudo nano /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf
    to remove the autologin.
    4. Now, when I reboot I get a login panel and clicking the ubuntu symbol in the top right corner gives me a list of possible desktops. Choosing Gnome returns me to the light blue screen, but all other desktops work OK.

    Why the Gnome desktop doesn't work, beats me.

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