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  1. #1
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    Angry GDM problem

    Have been running Ubuntu 8.04 everything was working fine but suddenly i got disconnected from internet and following message appeared:

    Could not start the X
    Server due to some internal error.
    Please contact your sysem adminstrator
    or check your syslog to diagnose.
    In the meantime this display will be
    disabled. Please restart GDM when the
    problem is corrected"

    I could not boot in through the normal mode so i booted through the recovery mode and tried to do stuff explained in some other similar forums...
    following is what i did:

    /usr/bin/startx

    Output
    mktemp: cannot create temp file /tmp/serverauth.BXqGJx4736: Read-only file system
    /usr/bin/startx: line 139: cannot create temp file for here document: Read-only file system
    /usr/bin/startx: line 149: xauth: command not found
    /usr/bin/startx: line 151: cannot create temp file for here document: Read-only file system
    /usr/bin/startx: line 149: xauth: command not found
    /usr/bin/startx: line 151: cannot create temp file for here document: Read-only file system
    /usr/bin/startx: line 162: xinit: command not found
    /usr/bin/startx: line 166: xauth: command not found
    root@hana:~#

  2. #2
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    Re: GDM problem

    Try shut down, leave it for 30 seconds and boot again

    I hope that you can start the normal mode now.. if not, what errors do you get?
    Can you press ctrl+alt+F1 or does it drop you itself to a console login screen?

    In normal mode, try this:
    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop
    sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start
    If it still doesn't load up gdm, do:
    WARNING! You'll have to re-enable your display/graphics driver
    Code:
    sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.backup
    sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop
    sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg
    sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start
    what were you specifically doing when this happened?
    Last edited by forger; October 12th, 2008 at 07:08 PM.

  3. #3
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    Re: GDM problem

    If i go to normal startup it says segmentation fault

    but this time when i went to recovery mode it gave me 3 options

    Xfix
    and there were 2 others which i do not remember.

    I did this xfix and it has enabled me to start the GDM somehow,
    I do not know what happened but atleast i can logon to my desktop.
    I am worried if i should log off my pc again...

  4. #4
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    Re: GDM problem

    Well, let's hope it doesn't happen again

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