Graphical desktop failed to start

Colin Law clanlaw at
Fri Apr 18 16:25:53 UTC 2014

On 18 April 2014 16:53, David Fletcher <dave at> wrote:
> I just booted my computer, and the desktop didn't start, it just left me
> with a terminal to log in.

Had you done some upgrades?

Did you try re-booting?  Probably you did but you did not say so I have to ask.

> Logging in as the administrator, I was able to do the update - upgrade,
> then shutdown -r now, and it rebooted, this time giving me the desktop.
> If this had happened on a friend's laptop, that I installed with Linux
> as an upgrade to XP, there'd have been all hell raised. I'd have had to
> do an 80 mile round trip to try to sort the damned thing out.

Why could you not just have walked her through the login and update?

> I'm running Ubuntu 12.04, but she isn't, thank goodness.

12.04 is the least likely for this sort of thing to happen with.  What
is she running?


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