gui login problem

Leslie Anne Chatterton lahc2007 at
Tue Jan 3 17:23:32 UTC 2012

Hi Errol,

It could be a video driver issue. The kernel contains most drivers although
for optimum performance with a few cards (nvidia and ATI mainly) you do
need to locate their proprietary drivers.

Before you do a clean install try, from a live CD of any distro, renaming
the hidden .config directory in your home directory (that's "dot_config"
with no space between the "dot"[=period] and "config". It's hard to type on
this tablet!) If that works the system will create a new "clean" .config

Some programmes may lose their preferences but actual data - photos, music,
bookmarks, downloads etc will be safe and can be moved into the new
.config. Keep track of what you move and relogin after each directory is
moved. If the problem reappears remove the last one you added - it's the

Someone wise than I may be able to tell you exactly what causes the problem
but this should work.

Sent from my Motorola Xoom Android tablet
On Jan 3, 2012 9:12 AM, "Errol Sapir" <errol at> wrote:

> I cannot login with my name and password when the main login requst comes
> up when booting. If I go to "repair mode" I can login to kubbuntu when
> applying control-E. So the problem isn't one of an incorrect username or
> password. I also created another user and tried to go in that way, again no
> gui entry.
> Thinking the problem could be solved by reinstalling (and as I have my
> home on a different partition), I reinstalled and formatted my Kubuntu root
> partition. After installing, the problem is still there.
> My (limited) understanding is that the problem is with some definition in
> the home partition. Is that possible and if so what?
> My next step seems to be to boot with a live CD, copy my home to another
> place (external disk or whatever) and the reinstall formatting everything.
> Before I do that I'd to hear suggestions on how to solve this without such
> a drastic step.
> Errol
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