View Full Version : [ubuntu] theme gone weird after x crash

May 1st, 2010, 04:40 PM
hey! i just upgraded to lucid, and x has been very unstable. after one crash were it would not restart i typed

startxthen the theme which used to look like this (not my pic)


went to this (ignore the wallpaper)


though compiz still works. changing the theme does barely anything.

can anyone help!?

The Fiddler
May 1st, 2010, 04:45 PM
I've seen this happen before (on Karmic, too).

Restarting X usually fixes the error. If it doesn't, try rebooting and/or checking the disk for errors.

May 1st, 2010, 04:53 PM
rather type

sudo service gdm start

sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start

instead of startx

In your case I'm pretty sure rebooting solves your problem.
But if you don't want to reboot try opening up a terminal and typ

sudo service gdm restart

May 1st, 2010, 05:58 PM
thanks for the help but rebooting has just made it worse. it now only works in so-low-its-unbeliveable-and-unusable-graphics mode

May 1st, 2010, 06:20 PM
no problem

Switch to tty by pressing
ctrl + alt +f1

login with your username and password

sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop

followed by your password

then type

sudo Xorg -configure

and move the generated xorg.conf.new to /etc/X11/xorg.conf

sudo mv xorg.conf.new /etc/X11/xorg.conf

edit the /etc/X11/xorg.conf with

sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
and change the driver in section Device to vesa

then restart gdm with

sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start

You'll be working in vesa mode again; which will give you a little bit better mode then a so-low-its-unbeliveable-and-unusable-graphics mode.

Still; once in vesa mode; try reinstalling the proper graphics drivers.