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I had an old install of 11.10 that I decided to reinstall using the same home folder. So, I reinstalled 11.10 and copied back my entire home folder including configurations. I then decided to use my packages list from synaptic to reinstall all of my old applications and packages. Now, upon booting up, I can't select anything from the login settings for shell (Ubuntu2D, Gnome, etc.) because it is an empty box, and logging in on either my username or guess yields a screen similar to what you see when you shutdown, listing OK or FAIL for my hardware. It then will go right back to the login screen. I tried deleting .Xauthority with no results. Any ideas?

startx yields this:

here's what i got:

_XSERVTransSocketUNIXCreateListener: ...SocketCreateListener() failed _XSERVETransMakeAllCOTSServerListeners: server already running

Fatal server error: Cannot establish any listening sockets - make sure an X server isn't already running

Please consult the The X.Org Foundation support at http://wiki.x.org for help. Please also check the log file at "/var/log/Xorg.0.log" for additional information.

ddxSigGiveUp: Closing log Invalid MIT-MAGIC-COOKIE-! keyxinit: giving up xinit: unable to connect to x server: Connection refused xinit: server error

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closed as too localized by Eliah Kagan, Ryan McClure, jrg Dec 31 '12 at 2:32

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Can you try control alt f1 and logging in? If you can get terminal access, does "startx" work? –  William Mar 13 '12 at 2:57
    
i can ctrl-alt-f1 and i can enter commands. i'll give startx a try. before i log out of livecd and try it, what does that command do? –  Ryan McClure Mar 13 '12 at 2:58
    
It starts the X graphical server to give you a graphical interface. I look forward to seeing if it works, as it is a helpful diagnostic. –  William Mar 13 '12 at 2:59
    
I gave it a try. I can't remember exactly all that it said, but it failed. It said something about an error right at the beginning of the process. any ideas? would you recommend a straight reinstall? and just progressively try reinstalling packages so i can either recreate the problem or get rid of it? –  Ryan McClure Mar 13 '12 at 3:38
    
Hmm, can you write what failed down? I need to know how serious the problem is. –  William Mar 13 '12 at 3:49

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