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The Xubuntu splash screen stays there for at least 5 minutes, often longer. Once the desktop finally comes up, everything runs normally.

When booting without the splash screen, I see the mouse cursor (arrow) on top of the boot messages text screen while waiting for the desktop.

During these minutes, top command shows me a CPU load of about 75% from Xorg and 25% from xfce4-settings

Any idea how to fix this?

Running Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS, installed from Xubuntu 12.04.2 DVD and fully updated

# uname -a
Linux ms 3.2.0-58-generic #88-Ubuntu SMP Tue Dec 3 17:40:43 UTC 2013 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux

I cannot see any relevant information in the log files:

# tail -15 /var/log/boot.log
 * Stopping System V initialisation compatibility                        [ OK ]
Starting SmartLink Modem driver for: hw:0,6.
Creating /dev/modem symlink, pointing to: /dev/ttySL0.
 * Starting System V runlevel compatibility                              [ OK ]
 * Starting automatic crash report generation                            [ OK ]
 * Starting deferred execution scheduler                                 [ OK ]
 * Starting regular background program processing daemon                 [ OK ]
 * Starting LightDM Display Manager                                      [ OK ]
 * Starting ACPI daemon                                                  [ OK ]
 * Starting anac(h)ronistic cron                                         [ OK ]
 * Starting save kernel messages                                         [ OK ]
 * Stopping Send an event to indicate plymouth is up                     [ OK ]
 * Stopping anac(h)ronistic cron                                         [ OK ]
 * Starting CPU interrupts balancing daemon                              [ OK ]
speech-dispatcher disabled; edit /etc/default/speech-dispatcher

# grep -i '\(error\|fail\|warning\)' /var/log/syslog
Jan  6 15:30:37 ms kernel: [    0.130894]  pci0000:00: ACPI _OSC request failed (AE_NOT_FOUND), returned control mask: 0x1d
Jan  6 15:30:37 ms bluetoothd[707]: Failed to init alert plugin
Jan  6 15:30:37 ms bluetoothd[707]: Failed to init time plugin
Jan  6 15:30:37 ms bluetoothd[707]: Failed to init proximity plugin
Jan  6 15:30:37 ms failsafe: Failsafe of 120 seconds reached.
Jan  6 15:30:38 ms bluetoothd[707]: Failed to init gatt_example plugin
Jan  6 15:30:38 ms udev-configure-printer: Failed to get parent
Jan  6 15:30:39 ms kernel: [   27.783225] init: failsafe main process (763) killed by TERM signal
Jan  6 15:30:40 ms NetworkManager[876]: <warn> failed to allocate link cache: (-10) Operation not supported
Jan  6 15:30:41 ms saned[994]: do_bindings: [0] bind failed: Address already in use
Jan  6 15:30:45 ms NetworkManager[876]: <error> [1389018645.713158] [nm-dns-dnsmasq.c:393] update(): dnsmasq not available on the bus, can't update servers.
Jan  6 15:30:45 ms NetworkManager[876]: <error> [1389018645.713321] [nm-dns-dnsmasq.c:395] update(): dnsmasq owner not found on bus: Could not get owner of name 'uk.org.thekelleys.dnsmasq': no such name
Jan  6 15:30:45 ms NetworkManager[876]: <warn> DNS: plugin dnsmasq update failed
Jan  6 15:30:45 ms dnsmasq[1305]: warning: no upstream servers configured
Jan  6 15:31:04 ms NetworkManager[876]: <info> (eth0): IP6 addrconf timed out or failed.

My hardware: Compaq nx6310 , intel onboard graphics

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