I'm guessing it's the NVidia drivers again with the X, that's the thing that gets screwed up after updates 3 or 4 times a year since the new update schedule started.
Tried all the things that fixed it in the past, no help this time, been at it all morning (5 hours so far). What does seem to have some effect is:
The following seems to create run on text, no LF or CR why?
Shows ok in the browser (Firefox)
sudo jockey-text -e xorg:nvidia_304 sudo nvidia-xconfig sudo nvidia-settings sudo jockey-text -e xorg:nvidia_304 sudo reboot sudo startx
Here X comes up without any GUI, blank X screen with background.
That's the best I seem to be able to get. Holding Shift during boot does nothing, it used to show the startup prompts from Grub.
How do we get them back now?
I'm guess it's changed yet again. If I could get to the normal startup screen I have several GUIs loaded and I could try another instead of the default.
Some startup details:
X.Org X Server 1.11.3 Release Date: 2011-12-16 X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0 Build Operating System: Linux 2.6.42-37-generic i686 Ubuntu Current Operating System: Linux bbc-server 3.2.0-54-generic #82-Ubuntu SMP Tue Sep 10 20:09:12 UTC 2013 i686 Kernel command line: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-54-generic root=UUID=3e6e688b-41a0-437f-840e-1bd1e33fc483 ro text Build Date: 16 October 2013 04:45:22PM xorg-server 2:1.11.4-0ubuntu10.14 (For technical support please see http://www.ubuntu.com/support) Current version of pixman: 0.24.4 ... Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting, (++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational, (WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown. (==) Log file: "/var/log/Xorg.0.log", Time: Mon Dec 23 10:32:22 2013 (==) Using config file: "/etc/X11/xorg.conf" (==) Using system config directory "/usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d"
At this port X is up, but no GUIs or anything else seem to run. I'm getting there via putty from close by WindowsXP machine. So I opened another terminal to try to get the GUI to do anything:
bcw@bbc-server:~$ sudo lightdm &  3173 bcw@bbc-server:~$ ps PID TTY TIME CMD 3067 pts/4 00:00:00 bash 3174 pts/4 00:00:00 ps + Stopped sudo lightdm # so no GUI. *** Merry Christmas *** ;)