I cannot login because I cannot type English. I have tried many shortcuts other suggested but none of them helped me. I also tried recovery mode but I cannot type English even there and cannot do anything. Could you help me?

  • There were two languages, Japanese and Russian. I deleted Japanese although my keyboard layout is Japanese and logged out. And I got this problem. So there is only one language and I can see it at the top right corner.
    – MR. ROBOT
    Apr 18, 2019 at 17:08
  • When we use Japanese one, we can type both by switching by a special key(called Zenkaku). So I thought there is such key even in Russian keyboard, found and tried it. But it didn't work.
    – MR. ROBOT
    Apr 18, 2019 at 17:17
  • I tried that. But I cannot type "startx" ...
    – MR. ROBOT
    Apr 18, 2019 at 17:18
  • I could open console but couldn't type them
    – MR. ROBOT
    Apr 18, 2019 at 17:20
  • It is Russian. I could type in only Russian
    – MR. ROBOT
    Apr 18, 2019 at 17:22

1 Answer 1



  1. logon to live session of Ubuntu.. (I have used Ubuntu 18.04 bootable USB)
  2. mount your root partition with below command (change sda5 with your root partition number)
    sudo mount /dev/sda5 /mnt
  3. open the file /mnt/etc/default/keyboard with below command
    sudo -H gedit /mnt/etc/default/keyboard
  4. The content in this file should look like similar to below, even if its not just make the content same like below.

Here: us=English us, jp=japanese, ru=russian. you can remove "us" if you dont want

  1. Save the file, Close.
  2. unmount the partition /dev/sda5 with below command
    sudo umount /mnt
  3. reboot to see all the 3 languages at login screen..
  • Thank you so much! It solved the problem!!! I want to vote but I cannot beacause I don't have enough reputations. Sorry. Anyway you explanation is so easy to undderstand and helped me:)
    – MR. ROBOT
    Apr 19, 2019 at 4:50

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