Currently my ubuntu setup is going directly to console. I have LXDE installed, and have to enter "startlxde" every time I restart the computer.
Is there a way to automatically run this command at startup?
It sounds like you don't have a display manager installed. This is what would normally start up X (the graphical server) and get you into a position where you can log in. The confiusing thing is how you ended up without
If you're using 11.10, I suggest you run
That should install everything it needs in terms of start up scripts and should display something fancy for you on boot.
If you're on something before 11.10, swap out
If you did this on purpose and you don't want a display manager and only want a single-user system without login protection, look into