GUI won't start after updates

Rafael Chacón rafael.emilio.chacon at
Thu Sep 30 15:08:27 BST 2010

2010/9/29 Erik Rasmussen <MailForErik at>:
> when I try to type
> sudo gdm start
> I get:
> gdm-binary[1529]: WARNING: Unable to load file '/etc/dgm/custom.conf': No
> such file or directory
> gdm-binary[1529]: WARNING: Unable to find users: no seat-id found
> gdm-binary[1529]: WARNING: GdmDisplay: display lasted 0.315799 seconds
> gdm-binary[1529]: WARNING: display lasted 0.158728 seconds
> {this repeats four more times with 0.13#### seconds}
> gdm-binary[1529]: WARNING: GdmLocalDisplayFactory: maximum number of X
> display failures reeached: check X server log for errors
> -Erik
> On Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 19:51, Erik Rasmussen <MailForErik at> wrote:
>> Hard to see now, but as I recall it was some kind of integrated NVidia
>> driver which required a proprietary driver after initial install.
>> Thanks!
>> -ErikR
>> On Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 19:34, Mike Holstein <mikeh789 at> wrote:
>>> i would try booting into the older kernel (assuming you got a kernel
>>> update)... what graphics card?
>>> On Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 8:26 PM, Erik Rasmussen <MailForErik at>
>>> wrote:
>>>> Just installed normal updates on Ubuntu Studio (64-bit).
>>>> After updates finished it requested a restart.
>>>> After restart, only a text-based login prompt comes up.
>>>> startx does not start gnome.
>>>> Any ideas what happened or how to fix/start the GUI?
>>>> Thanks!
>>>> -Erik

Before the command "sudo /etc/init.d/gdm restart", I use one of this commands:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
sudo apt-get --reinstall install ubuntu-desktop
sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg

I use this to over-write (I had the best result with the second). But
remember: this is provisional way to get the graphical environment (if
you cann ' t stop working). I do not know the definitive solution, but
I tried different ways until I arrived to have that PC reasonably
working . If you try this and tell us you results. Good Luck, Rafael.

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