View Full Version : [ubuntu] Get machine to boot back into X?

August 17th, 2009, 06:31 AM

I made my machine boot directly into terminal mode with system>admin>services>uncheck gdm, and started X using the 'startx' command but to my surprise I can't check it again so the computer boots back into X as before/normal. I notice that I can't access Synaptic and user switcher on my panel so I assume I can't do anything that requires root privileges. So I tried 'sudo startx' but the X doesn't start. It seems to be hanging.

So how could I get Ubuntu to boot like before? Which file should I change and how should I edit it? Or how can I get X to start so I can become root if I need to? (I don't want X to be root the whole time just if I need it!)


August 17th, 2009, 06:36 AM
how about:

sudo /etc/init.d/gdm/ start

August 17th, 2009, 08:00 AM
Actually, I think

sudo gdm start

has the same effect, and it's easier to remember.

August 17th, 2009, 01:46 PM
Thanks both of them worked!

And if I want to stop X can I just type in

sudo gdm stop

sudo /etc/init.d/gdm/ stop?

Or can I just kill the process, but it seems a little to radical to turn it off this way haha!