Failed to load ubuntu session

Asked by John Kelly on 2012-08-18

Hello ,
having removed oracle java in a terminal and installed open jdk variety I restarted laptop and found when putting in my password it wouldnt give me access....with a small box appearing centre screen saying the above (with smaller box within box saying log out.)
Did this a few times to no avail and I selected a symbol on screen ......and a recovery mode option appeared and I selected this to be presented with a terminal window and checking to see whether this worked I selected sudo apt-get update and sudo apt-get upgrade and both worked perfectly!
Is there a way through a terminal input to free up up normal access through my password on start up!?
thanks for your help

Question information

English Edit question
Ubuntu lightdm Edit question
No assignee Edit question
Solved by:
John Kelly
Last query:
Last reply:

Have you tried the Unity2D session?

John Kelly (lioganach) said : #2

Hello action parsnip
thank you for your help.

The only options I have is to go in via guest session for that I need my sons password. I dont even know whether this would work.
I have unity2d but the problem is I cant get in ...when I put in my password a box appears in the screen saying failed to load ubuntu session with smaller log out box. Ater logout selecting some icon maybe ubuntu icon? some options appeared and I chose something called recovery mode something .Choosing this it gives me access to a terminal where I successfullly did update and upgrade. Thats where I am. If my iunderstanding is right unity2d is what I have after login!?

If you press CTRL+ALT+F2 and log in there, make a new user then press CTRL+ALT+F7

Can you log in as the new user?

John Kelly (lioganach) said : #4

after pressing Ctrl+Alt+F2 I get the terminal in which it says" Ubuntu
quantal (development branch)
abraham-laptop tty2

I put in name of my computer: abraham
then password

and I get:
Last login Sun Aug etc
Welcome to ubuntu quantal etc

Documentation https etc

abraham@abraham-laptop:S- and cursor prompt

Here I don't know what to put in.

If I press ctri+Alt+F7 here I get back to the normal login page but can't
log in.

Thanks for your help


Original Message:
From: actionparsnip <email address hidden>
Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2012 08:45:44 -0000
To: <email address hidden>
Subject: Re: [Question #206184]: Failed to load ubuntu session

Your question #206184 on lightdm in Ubuntu changed:

    Status: Open => Answered

actionparsnip proposed the following answer:
If you press CTRL+ALT+F2 and log in there, make a new user then press

Can you log in as the new user?

If this answers your question, please go to the following page to let us
know that it is solved:

If you still need help, you can reply to this email or go to the
following page to enter your feedback:

You received this question notification because you asked the question.

mail2web - Check your email from the web at

John Kelly (lioganach) said : #5

hello actionparsnip
having learnt to create new user account
I pressed Control +Alt +F7 and it didnt bring me to login so I turned off the computer and restarted and selected new user and password but it gave me Failed to load session ubuntu

John Kelly (lioganach) said : #6

Hello actionparsnip
I found a way in via pressing on feet symbol to reveal a selection of options and selecting THE classic option I now have access yo emails ,browsig etc.
Thanks for your help.