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I am a long term but ICT challenged ubuntu user. My stable desktop crashed a few weeks ago while i was on the interweb and ever since boots to black screen with clayton@clayton-desktop:~$ and a non-blinking cursor in the top left corner. How do I get ubuntu and my files back? Currently running 12.04 (from memory, or maybe 12.10). Any help would be appreciated

P.S. i have looked through many of the FAQ's without any joy including the ones suggested here which seem to be off topic as they relate to installs not functioning systems.

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marked as duplicate by Thomas Ward, fossfreedom Apr 26 '13 at 11:40

This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question.

First, if you could answer some questions, it would be easier to determine what to do. 1 - What were you doing when the system crashed? 2 - Can you type anything after "clayton@clayton-desktop:~$" ? – Ramalus Apr 26 '13 at 7:36
was on the internet. yes i can type after "clayton@clayton-desktop:~$" Cheers Clayton – cjclent Apr 26 '13 at 12:13

If it is possible to input text, try typing startx and then press Enter. This might give you a GUI.

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startx gave me : "X: user not authorised to run the X server, aborting.""X10: fatal IO error 11 (Resource temporarily unavailable) on X server":0" after 7 requests (7 known processed) with 0 events remaining." – cjclent Apr 26 '13 at 12:05
Sorry, then I don't know. Try "sudo startx" but other than that I don't know. – Bob Making-Pie Apr 27 '13 at 7:08
Thanks. This gave me a fatal server error message and directed me to support. – cjclent Apr 28 '13 at 2:55
problem now semi sorted. thank you for your help. – cjclent Apr 28 '13 at 3:38

If you use unity try type gdm and hit enter. If you use kde try kdm. Gui should appear.

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