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    Can't log in with my account. But with GUEST is possible.

    Hello!
    I'm pretty new with unbuntu. Been using for 2 month now for learning purposes.
    My PC has been running nonstop for 3 weeks as a minecraft server and today we had a black out.
    I booted my pc, pressed F to fix any possible error and It didn't log in with my account. (it is set to auto login) It displayed the log in screen, wher I had to type my password.
    I typed my password, the screen blinked and then returned to the loging screen. (i know its the correct one, cos i tried a wrong password, and a red "wrong password" message appeared)
    I could log in with the guest account (which is the one im currently using).
    I gess there might be some error with my account startup, but there is no message and I don't know how to see or search where a error message could be seen...
    I don't remmember installing anything that could affect my account startup without rebooting the system to see if it would work properly. (including updates)

    Im using the 12.04 LTS version.

    well, tnks in advance!
    Thiago.

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    Re: Can't log in with my account. But with GUEST is possible.

    Hi thiago-canaes. Welcome to the forum

    Try to login in text mode to see if it is a core problem, or a problem with the GUI login: boot normally, and when you get to the GUI login, press Ctrl+Alt+F1. You'll be presented with a text mode login.

    Note that you can always go back to the GUI by pressing Ctrl+Alt+F7

    Let us know how it goes.
    Regards.

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    Re: Can't log in with my account. But with GUEST is possible.

    Hi! Tnks for the quick reply.
    I was able to log in in text mode. There is a message, though. It says: "No directory, logging with HOME = /" Is it an error?

    Can I start the GUI from text mode?

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    Re: Can't log in with my account. But with GUEST is possible.

    It looks like there is a problem with the disk or partition where your user files are.

    Boot into recovery mode, and then choose from the menu the option ''fsck - Check all filesystems'. See if errors are found and if they were repaired.

    Then select the option 'root - Drop a root shell prompt', and run this to reboot:
    Code:
    reboot
    Let us know how it goes.
    Regards.

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    Re: Can't log in with my account. But with GUEST is possible.

    thiago-canaes; Hi !

    Not so much an error as an advisory, unusual and certainly not common.
    Post back the output of terminal commands:
    Code:
    pwd
    ls -la
    Where "pwd" = Present Working Directory, so we know where you are in the file system;
    "ls" = list, to list the contents of where you are, looking to see if you are in a /home directory and also if the files .Xauthority and .ICEauthority exist.

    a mystery unfolding ?
    THE current(cy) in Documentation:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PopularPages

    Happy ubutu'n !

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    Re: Can't log in with my account. But with GUEST is possible.

    Ok.. I gess I have a clue.
    I have a SSD and a HD.
    When I installed, I set the "/" to the SSD and "/home" to the HD.
    Maybe, ubuntu is not "seeing" the HD, only the SSD.
    How can I see if its true?

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    Re: Can't log in with my account. But with GUEST is possible.

    yep.. gess thats the problem.
    I booted in Recovery Mode, and the error is: "/dev/sdb1: Unexpected Inconsistency: Run fsck manually.
    ...
    mountall: Filesystem has error: /home
    mountall: Skipping mounting /home since Plymouth is not available

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    Re: Can't log in with my account. But with GUEST is possible.

    I booted with in root shell option.
    umounted /dev/sdb1 and executed FSCK.
    It returned: "error reading block (attempt to read block from filesystem resulted in short read)"
    I gess I lost my HD...
    I have another one, how can I make linux sees it as a new /home?

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    Re: Can't log in with my account. But with GUEST is possible.

    thiago-canaes;

    See papibe's most excellent advise, suggested to follow and advise results.

    To aid in your thought process, to see what the disks are and the booting relationships:
    Code:
    sudo fdisk -lu
    sudo parted -l
    sudo parted /dev/sda unit s print
    sudo parted /dev/sdb unit s print
    sudo blkid
    cat /etc/fstab
    mount
    just try'n to help
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    Happy ubutu'n !

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    Re: Can't log in with my account. But with GUEST is possible.

    thiago-canaes;
    Let's not get to far ahead of our selves, but, if it is a bad superblock, there are means to using alternative superblocks.
    At this stage for thinking purposes only:
    Code:
    sudo dumpe2fs /dev/sdb1 | grep -i backup
    to see the backups.
    It is late for me and my thinking processes have become forced and difficult to focus. I am ceasing for my evening.

    where there is a will there is a way
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    Happy ubutu'n !

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