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I am attempting to replace the Ubuntu 12.04 I have on my laptop with Xubuntu 12.04. I formatted my linux partition and started with a fresh install of Xubuntu but both booting live from the CD or from the Xubuntu I have installed will launch me straight into the command line.

The command startx gives an error of no screen found. I have searched through this site and found several similar issues posted but attempting to delete the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file as suggested on one forum thread did nothing (my system lacks this file completely), and I'm embarrassed to say, I didn't really understand what the heck any of the other fixes were saying.

Note that I could install normal Ubuntu with no problem, this issue only occurs for Xubuntu.

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Please give us some details about your hardware. Especially the graphics card. – terdon Mar 16 '14 at 2:00
lspci lists it as a "Intel corporation Haswell-ULT Integrated graphics controller". The laptop is a current gen Dell Inspiron 15R-5537. The box the pc came in said it is an Integrated Intel HD graphics 4400. – user258667 Mar 16 '14 at 2:18
Now, when I attempt to boot from the liveCD I get an error message that reads [ 27.684508] hda_intel: azx_get_response timeout, switching to single_cmd mode: last cmd=0x000f0001 and then it boots to the command line – user258667 Mar 16 '14 at 14:13

The solution to the problem was to install Xubuntu 13.10. This was not ideal, as I wanted the LTR to avoid frequent updating while I learned the OS, but it does work. Let it be noted, to those who are interested, that there is a compatibility issue with Xubuntu 12.04 and some of the intel graphics chipsets (specifically the Intel Integrated HD 4400) that is not present in Ubuntu 12.04. The error seems to be centered around the xwindow server package.

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