View Full Version : [ubuntu] Session menu gone, can only log in to failsafe

November 5th, 2009, 04:12 PM
Well I was generally satisfied with 9.10 until yesterday evening. I got home from work and booted the laptop only to find that when I logged in I went straight to failsafe. I didn't have time to troubleshoot and I had setup my /home on a separate partition so I simply reinstalled, did what I needed to do and applied updates/installed emesene and liferea.

This morning I am back to booting straight to failsafe and I notice the session menu no longer exists.

I am on a Dell XPS M1330 with Intel video and have the 64bit version of Karmic installed by itself.

I do not recall seeing an upgrade to the video driver--I've seen other people (mostly with Nvidia) have been left in a similar condition by a driver upgrade.

startx does not start X. I'll have to try again and post the exact response.

Anyone have an idea on further troubleshooting or fixing?

November 5th, 2009, 11:27 PM
startx gives a generic server error and says it is already running which I think is correct.

I tailed the dpkg log and see that the last thing I installed was Cheese and I also remember installing the restricted extras package. I doubt these could be the issue but will try uninstall/roll back some things to see if I can get anywhere.

I still don't know what to look for. I tailed several other logs but nothing jumped out at me. Any help would be appreciated.

November 6th, 2009, 05:13 PM
Since nobody seems to have any ideas, I reinstalled and will take a slower approach to patches and other additions.

November 11th, 2009, 04:27 PM
I've been stable all week and have installed all the applications and updates that had been installed before with one exception--ubuntu-restricted-extras. The extras package loads several 32bit libraries and apps.

I did try to recreate the problem by loading the extras package but was unable to so my assumption that the extras package was at fault remains unproven.