I don't think this is the usual login for Ubuntu. http://i.imgur.com/15qSc.jpg

  • Um, no, that doesn't seem right. What happens if you login as it asks? I am assuming, too, that this comes up every time, right?
    – Kelley
    Jul 6, 2012 at 18:43
  • When I login it just shows all the commands of the login sequence I assume, but no actual graphics or anything comes up, and yes this comes up every time. I usually just go in 'recovery mode' then go to Normal Boot and then everything went smoothly. But, now it just does this everytime. Jul 6, 2012 at 18:46
  • If your computer is connected via ethernet (not wireless), I would try running sudo apt-get update&&sudo apt-get upgrade. What happens if you press ctrl+alt+f7(ctrl+alt+f1 should get you back to that prompt)? Jul 6, 2012 at 18:51

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Try logging in with your username & password then use the following command :

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    I would run sudo service lightdm start which should get them to the login. If it doesn't there are some serious problems with the driver (which is what this looks like). Jul 6, 2012 at 18:50
  • Didn't do anything... Jul 6, 2012 at 20:12
  • I don't think there is anything wrong with the driver, i've logged on before. Jul 6, 2012 at 20:14

Have you tried switching over to tty7? Desktop environments (like Unity) usually start there. Try Ctrl+Alt+7 and see what happens.

  • Nothing happens at all.. Jul 6, 2012 at 20:11
  • What hardware setup do you have? If you have switchable graphics, this can be solved with some BIOS work. Please give some basic specs. Jul 6, 2012 at 20:50
  • I have a NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE with integrate graphics and OpenGL 2.1. It's fairly old, 2003 I think. Asus A8M2N-LA (NodusM) Motherboard. 512 MB RAM. Jul 6, 2012 at 23:21
  • Unity and NVIDIA have a history of disliking each other. Try booting using your integrated graphics card and see if it gives you the desktop. Jul 7, 2012 at 20:36

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