View Full Version : [ubuntu] login from command screen

December 11th, 2008, 02:49 PM
after installing new programs a restart is required, but when restarted i get a command line screen which asks for login/password. I enter this and after telling me there is no warranty e.t.c it says dad@something and then a flashing cursor.
what do i do next?
I am very new to this so sorry if this sounds stupid

December 11th, 2008, 02:52 PM
its not stupid ubuntu normaly starts in gui mode however your x server has stoped running at startup when you log in try typing startx, if that gets the desktop up and running we need to change it to starting with the gui if not then we need to figure out why your xserver is not working.

December 11th, 2008, 02:53 PM
Try typing GDM then press enter, see what happens

December 11th, 2008, 03:07 PM
startx i get fatal server error

GDM i get command not found

gdm i get operation not permitted

I am running ubuntu in windows so that i can still access the net when i have problems like this so i have to reboot to repy thanks for your help

December 11th, 2008, 03:15 PM
Do you remember what new programs you installed before the reboot? Sounds like whatever you installed has screwed up X server. Probably need to reconfigure it again. After log in with your username and password, try running

sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
What kind of graphic card do you have anyway?

December 11th, 2008, 03:35 PM
x server is not installed.
I think maybe reloading ubuntu and then trying to walk before i run could be the easiest route.
Thanks for your help.
Nvidia onboard graphics