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Whenever i switch to a virtual terminal, using ctrl+alt+F1 etc.. it asks me for my user credentials:

*computername* login:

At this point i enter my Username, followed by my Password. However the terminal never lets me login and keeps telling me, that i have got the wrong credentials.


EDIT:
Curiously if i boot up without starting x, i can log in via the command line ok, its just virtual terminals that cause problems.

What am i doing wrong?

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Does your username or password contain non-ASCII or otherwise unusual characters? –  poolie Nov 23 '10 at 23:47
    
nope, just standard a-z –  richzilla Nov 24 '10 at 0:17

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Normally /var/log/auth* has(have) some clues regarding failure. Please check there for starters.

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the message im getting in the log file is no such user. my username is definitely correct. Do i need to use username+host? –  richzilla Nov 23 '10 at 20:35
    
Are you certain that there isn't locale skew, e.g., your username was input incorrectly? Also, check what getent passwd $yourusername returns. –  Daniel T Chen Nov 23 '10 at 20:48
    
it returns my username, my full name, the location of my home folder and the location of bin/bash, ive added more details to the question to clarify –  richzilla Nov 24 '10 at 0:19
    
Hi guys, please troubleshoot by editing your question and answer so information doesn't get buried in the comments. Thanks! –  Jorge Castro Nov 24 '10 at 0:27

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