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I am running a 64 bit version of Ubuntu 12.04.1, and I when I boot up, I am thrown (Rather violently. :P) a full-sized terminal, instead of my lovely GUI login screen.. So I looked around and tried the "startx" command, which works like a charm. Only problem is that now, I have no clue how to keep it from booting to the terminal every time, and boot up into the regular GUI with all my stuff.

I did install some kernel updates the night before, though I restarted my computer twice after I had done so without a problem.

Thanks for your time!

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Check your runlevel. Look in the file /etc/init/rc-sysinit.conf

You should have the following line for graphical multiuser startup:


If you have it set to 1, that means single user mode. For some distros runlevel 3 means multi user console login.

Read more at this answer and Debian and Ubuntu Linux Run Levels.

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That worked! Thank you! Of course, my themes are all different and I can't change my launcher icon size, but I'll figure that out. – Jacob Larson Oct 13 '12 at 22:00
Would this work for the opposite? I would love to start without GUI and textmode instead. Thanks in advance for your help. – Geppettvs D'Constanzo Oct 13 '12 at 22:30
@GeppettvsD'Constanzo - yes, this should work the other way as well. Read more about runlevels in linux if you want to undersand this better. – elomage Oct 15 '12 at 9:21
+1 Thank you very much. I am going to test it today and inform. :) – Geppettvs D'Constanzo Oct 15 '12 at 11:26

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