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    x goes blank and tty1,2,3,4,5,6 give login

    Greetings,
    Problems with 12.04.2 LTS. I've reinstalled 3 time on different dell hardware (laptops). When system screen locks I can't get back to x, ssh sessions won't work either. I can get to tty and have a login screen, but each time I try to put a user in I don't get an opportunity to put a password in, just goes back to login? It seems the only way I can get out of this state is to power down the system which reboots into a kernal panic and all is dead and requires a reboot.

    Any suggestions on how I can safety reboot of get something out of one of the tty?

    thx,,

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    Re: x goes blank and tty1,2,3,4,5,6 give login

    Quote Originally Posted by pipesbi View Post
    Any suggestions on how I can safety reboot of get something out of one of the tty? thx,,
    Code:
    sudo reboot
    Is this a server install? Are you trying to use startx?


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    Re: x goes blank and tty1,2,3,4,5,6 give login

    Quote Originally Posted by ibjsb4 View Post
    Code:
    sudo reboot
    Is this a server install? Are you trying to use startx?
    X has frozen so I go out to other ttys and get a login. However, whenever I put something in the login nothing gets accepted. E.g. sudo reboot just comes back to the login....it's like some kind of loop?

    thx,
    Bill

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    Re: x goes blank and tty1,2,3,4,5,6 give login

    A reboot will take you back to tty if this is a server install, thats why I asked. If this is a desktop install maybe try reinstalling your display manager, see if that helps or see if you have any broken packages.

    Display manager
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install --reinstall lightdm
    Fix broken packages
    Code:
    sudo apt-get -f install


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    Re: x goes blank and tty1,2,3,4,5,6 give login

    Can't run any commands from tty, I seemed to be doomed to recycle power which give kernel panic and then I'm not sure what I can do from grub?

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    Re: x goes blank and tty1,2,3,4,5,6 give login

    Do you have any older kernels in grub? Try one.


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    Re: x goes blank and tty1,2,3,4,5,6 give login

    Could be your .Xauthority is owned by root- run

    Code:
    ls -al | grep .X
    while in your home directory. Check the permissions- you should have it should be rwx all around. If not you should change ownership of it-

    Code:
    chown username:username .Xauthority

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