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I have done extensive search for the answer to this problem:

On the login in page, after tying password, my screen turns dark for a second and becomes the login page again. the guest account doesn't work either.

what I have done: in tty1:

sudo rm /home/wks-403/.Xauthority
sudo reboot


in tty1:

sudo chown -R $USER:$USER $HOME
Then press CTRL+ALT+F7 and try to log in

or change from lightdm to gdm, in tty1:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure gdm

but none works on my laptop.

the parameters of my laptop: thinkpad x-61 32bit graphic card: Intel Corp. Mobile GM965/GL960 integrated Graphics Controller

Thanks for your suggestions!!

update by suggestions from 'Still a kid',

input "sudo startx"

Fatal server error
Sever is already active for display 0
If this server is no longer running , remove /tem/.X0-lock

please consult the THe X.Org Foundation support for help

ddxSigGiveUp: Closing Log
Invalid MIT-MAGIC-COOKIE-1 KEYInvalid MIT-MAGIC-COOKIE-1 keyxinit: giving up
xinit: unable to connect to X server: Resource temporarily unavailable
xinit: server error

I delete /tmp/.X0-lock and startx

cannot establish any listening sockets -Make sure an X server sin't already running

I am lost on what to do...please help.

The following is the info in /var/log/lightdm/lightdm.log I notice there is messages saying 'Greeter quit', so I look at /var/log/x-0-greeter.log: there are warnings and CRITICAL info.

I suspect this is due to graphic cards, but It doesn't help after I updating my graphic card drivers.

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did you try startx command? – Upasana Mar 31 '13 at 21:58
It sounds as if your X server is running, but there are errors in attempting to log you into an X session. Please review /var/log/Xorg.0.log and include any errors relevant to the problem. In order to get a good look at what exactly is happening you may want to use tty1-6 to monitor Xorg.0.log, or the log of your desktop manager whether it be lightdm or gdm ... when you see the login prompt use ctrl+alt+F1 to move to tty1, then follow the log with tail -f /var/log/Xorg.0.log or the appropriate lightdm or gdm log – OYRM Apr 1 '13 at 13:43
@OYRM thanks. /var/log/Xorg.0.log is very long and i can't find any error logs(i searched for EE keyword). i am using lightgm by setting "sudo dpkg-reconfigure lightdm"(by the way, using gdm doesn't help). – ulyssis2 Apr 1 '13 at 14:27
Sure thing @ulyssis2 please similarly check all logs in /var/log/lightdm/ and let me know what you see there – OYRM Apr 1 '13 at 17:11
@OYRM I scan through lightdm.log, it is pretty long, and i paste it in another answer. – ulyssis2 Apr 1 '13 at 22:37

try something like this, check this link

    rm -rf /tmp/.X0-lock
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