When I boot my Toshiba Tecra(nvidia) say no protocol specified (2x and ..) a lot of. Then appears the next message:

xinit: giving up
xinit: unable to connect to X server: Resource temporarily unavailable

wainting for X server to shutdown ddxSigGiveUp: Closing log
Server terminated successfully(0). Closing log file.

xinit: server error
xauth: error in locking authority file /home/toshiba/.Xauthority
  • Does this happen before or after you log on? – Mitch Jul 20 '12 at 12:34

I think I resolved my problem. I used this forum post. The commands were:

cd /home/machine
mv .Xauthority .Xauthority.old
touch .Xauthority
chown machine:machine .Xauthority

Fixing Error in locking authority file .Xauthority

# cd /home/user
# ls -a -lh
# chown user:user .Xau*
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    It would be helpful if you provide some explanations from the link.the link can go down any time – Stormvirux Feb 26 '14 at 6:36

In addition to the answer suggested by Ricardo, I also want you to do the following:

cd /home/machine
mv .Xauthority .Xauthority.old
touch .Xauthority
chown machine:machine .Xauthority 

In cases where chown produces an error, just provide execute and read write permissions, which should solve the problem.

chmod +x .Xauthority

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