trouble logging in and other problems with 11.04

Asked by Zach Greenfield on 2011-09-17

I installed 11.04 on my laptop over the summer after I had to replace the hard drive in the thing. Everything was working well till I forgot my password (not sure how that happened really). I didn't bother to use the thing for a while but now that has changed. I still couldn't remember my password so I looked up how to reset it and then did so. This is where the troubles begin, first for whatever reason when trying to type in the password at the log in screen I have to firmly press and hold the keys for a second or two for it to register (this only happens at log in and not when i have to enter my password to unlock the screen after it exists sleep mode), then when I log in the screen is blank except for the desktop background and then the following error messages pop up (in the order listed)
"Could not update ICEauthority file /home/Username/.ICEauthority"
"There is a problem with the configuration server. (/usr/lib/libconf2-4/gconf-sanity-check-2 exited with status 256)"
"Nautilus could not create the following required folders: /home/Username/Desktop, /home/Username/.nautilus.
Before running Nautilus, please create these folders, or set permissions such that Nautilus can create them."

Is there something that can be done to correct this or am I going to have to do a clean install?

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Please press shift at boot and boot in recovery mode... then type:

chown -R Username.Username /home/Username
chmod 1777 /tmp
then type:


to reboot the system

Zach Greenfield (doomfro97) said : #2

I did what you suggested and nothing has changed, i'm still getting the same errors. Any other suggestions?

Try this command:

sudo chown -R Username:Username /home/Username/.*

Try this command may help:

chown Username:Username /home/Username/.ICEauthority
chmod 644 /home/Username/.ICEauthority

Sam_ (and-sam) said : #5

.ICEauthority is 600.
chmod 600 /home/user/.ICEauthority

Or move (rename) it via recovery mode and reboot.
mv ~/.ICEauthority ~/ICEauthority-broken

Please try

sudo apt-get --purge --reinstall install gdm

Zach Greenfield (doomfro97) said : #8

"sudo chown -R Username:Username /home/Username/.*" didnt work
"chown Username:Username /home/Username/.ICEauthority" gave me an error "chown: cannot access '/home/username/.ICEauthority': No such file or directory

Zach Greenfield (doomfro97) said : #9

sudo apt-get --purge --reinstall install gdm doesnt work probably because i dont have access to the internet

Take care of lower/upper case letter the '/home/username/.ICEauthority'

must be

chown Username:Username /home/Username/.ICEauthority

try to connect your pc to the net using wire and try to reinstall the gdm package

sudo apt-get --purge --reinstall install gdm

Zach Greenfield (doomfro97) said : #11

I should probably clarify that I am typing this on a different computer than the one in question. Unfortunately, I cannot connect to the internet even by an ethernet cable because I am at college, and to access the internet I must have a working computer to enter in a username and password, otherwise it won't let my computer access the internet. I will be going home in a week or two and I will try all of this again then. Until then thanks for the help and hopefully reinstalling the gdm package will work, and if I am still having issues then I will be sure to let you know.


sudo chmod 775 /etc/gconf/gconf.xml.system

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