Quote Originally Posted by carranty View Post

mv .Xauthority .XauthorityBak
and then reboot. You may need superuser privileges for that last bit, depending on the permissions of the file
I used ctrl + alt + F1 to get to a terminal and was having one heck of a time trying to get the desktop back up. I renamed the .Xauthority file then rebooted and... all is well!

I had been stuck in a log-in loop this worked for me! Thank you!!!!