8.10 Desktop version hangs right after accepting password

NoOp glgxg at sbcglobal.net
Wed Jan 21 03:24:59 UTC 2009

On 01/14/2009 04:44 PM, Jim Allison wrote:
> Package: installation-reports Boot method: CD
> Image version: 8.10 http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download
> Date: 1/14/09
> Machine: Compaq SR1010NX
> Processor: 2.7 G Celeron
> Memory: 1GB
> Partitions: 1 40GB
> I booted from the CD I made from the iso and installed using the entire 
> disk. The installation appeared to go OK. I rebooted, removed the CD and 
> was prompted for a login. I entered my userame and password sucessfully, 
> and then the system hung with an empty tan desktop. There is a mouse 
> icon that tracks when I move the mouse, but nothing else comes up. I 
> noticed a message when it is first booting that says "unable to load 
> system description tables". I would love to get the system working, but 
> I don't know where to go from here. Can anyone help me get started 
> sortng this out?
> thanks
> Jim Allison

When you get to the gdm login screen, try:

1. Select Options (lower left corner).
2. Select Session.
3. Select Failsafe Gnome & 'Change Session'

See if you can login then.

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