'could not start x server', how to get files off hard drive?
I will start by stating that I am, most likely, stupid. The cause of my current issue is undoubtedly the fact that I powered the computer off (via power button) while it was booting into the desktop last night. (my lame excuse: it was past midnight and I wanted leave work )
So when booting, I get the login (with audio), and can login normally (with the resulting audio, which I can mute with my multimedia buttons). I see my desktop background and ... that's it.
Being a noob, all I can do is ctrl-alt-backspace, at which point it shuts down like normal until I get the 'could not start x server' message. And then I have to power it off manually.
I'm Googling for solutions, but others seem to have causes like system updates, or config changes that resulted in the error. Also, my internet is down, so I can't get online w/ Ubuntu (I can with XP & a neighbor's hotspot, but dunno how to do that with Ubuntu & the commandline).
I need to suss out the last resort - getting my data off the Ubuntu partition. I installed Ext2IFS, but that allows me to mount the drive but not access any of the data - XP asks if I want to reformat. Hopefully I can get the x server issue resolved.
MUCH THANKS to anyone with suggestions.
Dell 6000d / 2Ghz Pentium M / 2GB ram / ATI something or the other