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    Logging into black screen...?

    Today I turned on my computer and instead of loading normally it went to a black screen with plain text asking for my log-in and then my password. This completed successfully I am left with the terminal type message "user@user-desktop:~$" followed by a flashing cursor.
    Can anyone tell me the magic code that might get me back to my normal world of ubuntu?

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    Re: Logging into black screen...?

    I am not THE expert on this, but try the command "exit"...

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    Re: Logging into black screen...?

    try the gdm command as the root....it is the graphical desktop manager

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    Re: Logging into black screen...?

    Thanks guys, but "exit" only takes me back to the login command and the "gdm as root" command is not recognised.

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    Re: Logging into black screen...?

    gdm as root is not a command....it means you have to type "gdm" as the root...here is how

    type

    sudo su

    type the password when asked

    then type

    gdm

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    Re: Logging into black screen...?

    Quote Originally Posted by ET! View Post
    gdm as root is not a command....it means you have to type "gdm" as the root...here is how

    type

    sudo su

    type the password when asked

    then type

    gdm
    This is more or less correct. Instead, type this:

    Code:
    sudo su -
    gdm &
    with the & at the end of gdm it will load the gdm, run it as a daemon, and go right to the tty running the gdm (usually ctrl+alt+f7 or f8)

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    Re: Logging into black screen...?

    After following your instructions the screen tells me that gdm is already running and gives me a unique option of abandonning

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    Re: Logging into black screen...?

    I've run the command again with the "&" symbol and the result is a black screen with a cursor but no text..

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    Re: Logging into black screen...?

    Ok, first try typing these at the :

    Code:
    user@user-desktop:~$
    screen

    Code:
    sudo su -
    killall gdm
    gdm &
    Please post the output of the command.

    If that does not work then please type these commands where you see the

    Code:
    user@user-desktop:~$
    as you stated above.


    Type these in order and copy and paste the output of EACH of the commands:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install gdm
    sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
    sudo dpkg-reconfigure gdm
    sudo dpkg-reconfigure ubuntu-desktop
    Remember, type one command and then copy and paste the output. Do that for each command.

    Ultimately, if all of this does not work, finally try pressing

    control+alt+f7

    and see what happens.
    Last edited by XanTrax; January 22nd, 2009 at 05:22 PM.

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    Re: Logging into black screen...?

    Please be patient ! I'm having to retransmit these commandes by phone as without the computer I cannot communicate with the forum.

    In your commands you use multiple lines but as the only way for me to return to a new line is to hit "Enter" I am thus activating each line command in turn. Is this correct? Please note also that I have no way of copying and pasting these commands.

    I'll get back to you soon as your instructions have been accomplished.

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