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How do I get the GUI to come back?
How to start GUI from command line?

I installed 12.04.1 and installation seemed to go fine.
But now i have no GUI.
My screen shows the following:

bob@bob-desktop:"$

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marked as duplicate by Tom Brossman, Mitch, hbdgaf, Eliah Kagan, fossfreedom Sep 4 '12 at 11:27

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Would the person who down-voted our answer & this question please explain why? Thanks –  Fernhill Linux Project Sep 3 '12 at 15:28
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@FernhillLinuxProject Yes, downvoting with no comment is frustrating. It's usually because the question is an obvious dupe and shows no effort to search first, or is off-topic. This one is a dupe of several others, so I'm down-voting the question, up-voting your answer, and also casting a close vote. Your answer is fine though, it matches the answers at the linked duplicates. –  Tom Brossman Sep 3 '12 at 17:13
    
..... what? This question is bizarre. Could you clarify, do you boot directly to this prompt, or do you get it after doing somethiing else? I can think of no way that you could be logged into your user account directly after booting... try restarting an please describe in more detail. –  Jacob Johan Edwards Sep 3 '12 at 18:59
    
You probably didn't use the same installation media as the first time. That is probably why someone who isn't me downvoted. Look at either how do I install a gui for ubuntu server or how do I start a gui from the command line. –  hbdgaf Sep 3 '12 at 21:44
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Try using the following command,

startx    

then press Enter

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Would the person who down-voted our answer & this question please explain why? Thanks –  Fernhill Linux Project Sep 3 '12 at 15:28
    
Works with a slight modification: sudo startx. Same thing is happening to me. Using NVidia GeForce GTX 460. I'm guessing installing the proprietary drivers will probably help. I'll try that and report back. –  Alain O'Dea Sep 9 '12 at 3:09
    
Didn't work as expected. I get the graphical environment, but there are no icons or controls so it's non-functional. –  Alain O'Dea Sep 9 '12 at 3:12
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