I can't do anything after I log in.

Asked by Ryan Nelson on 2010-12-23

I installed Ubuntu and everything was fine until I got to the command lines after installation and it asked for my username and password. I put both in and it said welcome and that's it. I still remained in the command prompt and can't proceed any further.

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Geoffrey Thomas (geofft) said : #1

Hi Ryan,

Assuming you used the normal desktop CD (as opposed to the "server" or "alternate" ones) to install, this sounds like for some reason Ubuntu's graphical environment didn't start up. Try typing "sudo /etc/init.d/gdm restart" at the command prompt, hitting enter, and entering your password when prompted, and see if that makes anything happen. It should get you a login screen; if not, the output / error messages will be interesting to see, to figure out what went wrong.

Ryan Nelson (ryannelsontzm) said : #2

I did everything you said and it took me to a blank black screen with no
command prompt and with the back light on.

On Dec 23, 2010 2:37 AM, "Geoffrey Thomas" <
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Your question #138822 on Ubuntu changed:

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Geoffrey Thomas requested for more information:
Hi Ryan,

Assuming you used the normal desktop CD (as opposed to the "server" or
"alternate" ones) to install, this sounds like for some reason Ubuntu's
graphical environment didn't start up. Try typing "sudo /etc/init.d/gdm
restart" at the command prompt, hitting enter, and entering your
password when prompted, and see if that makes anything happen. It should
get you a login screen; if not, the output / error messages will be
interesting to see, to figure out what went wrong.

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Theodotos Andreou (theodotos) said : #3

From that command prompt try this commands:

  sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.bak

Then restart GDM:

  sudo restart gdm

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