I have serached around, but no fix could help me. Here's what happened:
A few days ago, for no reason, I couldn't see the login screen on my Ubuntu 12.04. nor do anything but reboot using CTRL+ALT+DEL. After reading some suggestions and experimenting, this is what I got so far:
- If I go to the recovery mode and then choose "resume normal boot" I can see the boot up text, and it stops at "Checking battery state".
- If I choose "failsafe graphics mode" it stops on a different point, one of the last messages being from xserver saying "fatal server error no screens found"
- I realized that I can get to the desktop if when the black screen appears I use CTRL+ALT+F1 and blindly type my username and password, and then use "startx". I get to my desktop, but no menus at all. At least I can use the terminal this way.
- I tried reinstalling xorg and nVidia drivers (using the current ones) but it didn't help
- I deleted the
~/.config/monitors.xml~but that only got my resolution to reset to the default one AFTER blind login and use of startx
Any suggestions, anyone? Any logs I need to provide you with?
I would like to note an important piece of info: I had my GeForce 6600GT and then upgraded to GeForce 8800GT. IT died after like three weeks, and then I put back my old 6600GT. It worked fine the first day, so I was thinking if it's possible to install OLDER nVidia drivers (like version 220.xx), using the terminal, could that help? And how do I do that?
Thanks in advance!
UPDATE: I managed to try all the driver versions available in "Additional Drivers" but none helped. Still, the only way to access the desktop is via
startx and no menus are shown.