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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

    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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    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

    older kernels exist but, from multiple installs related to this problem. Any command option from GRUB which may help me fix issues?

    thx for the help

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