gui login problem

Errol Sapir errol at
Wed Jan 4 04:07:06 UTC 2012

Hi Leslet
Thanks for your help but it didn't solve the problem. I'm hoping for 
more suggestions before going down the dangerous road of formatting 
everything (although I do have a backup of the info on home.

On 03/01/2012 19:23, Leslie Anne Chatterton wrote:
> 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 directory.
> 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 problem.
> 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 
> <mailto: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.
>     TIA
>     Errol
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