I recently installed latest Ubuntu 17.10 (studio flavor) on Thinkpad laptop. Have not installed anything on it yet, still, after several hours of working, now after I enter password on logon screen, I see line /dev/sdb5/clean, ... flashing for a moment and get back logon screen.

Recovery mode says APT is ok, filesystems are ok. In CLI consoles I can login, startx writes timeout in locking authority file /home/... and does not start GUI. I can however start X as root (sudo startx). I tried to add new user - also cannot login in GUI.

I found maybe related: cannot-login-after-running-startx-and-rebooting, maybe I did run X as root, do not remember, however, doing sudo rm .Xauthority did not help (I did the command as my user, not root).

What can be cause of that problem? I want to have stable working laptop and ready to investigate.

  • It is rather late for 17.10.1. In a few days, the developing version, Bionic Beaver, will be released as Ubuntu Studio 18.04 LTS with long time support until April 2021, while 17.10.1 will reach end of life in July this year. So I suggest that you try Ubuntu Studio Bionic. See this link, if you need more help, Ubuntu Development version / How to participate – sudodus Apr 23 '18 at 4:13
  • @sudodus, I will be looking for upgrade, thanx! – Alexei Martianov Apr 23 '18 at 4:17
  • I suggest that you make a fresh installation of 18.04 LTS (not an upgrade from 17.10.1). – sudodus Apr 23 '18 at 4:22

The comment from link in question helped.

  1. At the login screen, press control+alt+F3.
  2. Login
  3. sudo rm .Xauthority
  4. sudo rm .ICEauthority
  5. sudo reboot

Looks like running X as root makes the .Xauthority and .ICEauthority files owned by root as described in linked post.

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