No login screen after splash

Jeff Hsu jeffhsu3 at
Sat Jul 17 20:50:52 UTC 2010

Sorry if I mess up on any of the terminology, I'm new to ubuntu.  I
recently installed ubuntu on my laptop and my desktop and both worked
great.  However after a couple of restarts it boots up to the splash,
but no login box is shown.  This happens on both my laptop and my
desktop on karmic and lucid 10.04.  I can ctrl+alt+f1 and login fine.
I stop gdm and startx to get the gui going and everything works fine.
However, the applets do not load.   I have tried numerous solutions
found on the web such as setting the
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="i915.modeset=1" and turning off power

The laptop uses integrated intel graphics.  The desktop uses an ati
radeon, I've tried turning on and off the drivers.  Any help would be
greatly appreciated.

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