I installed xubuntu, then uninstalled it completely, but I am not getting my original log-in screen back. It's a simple log-in screen with the computer's icon, user name, password and session details in front of the default 12.10 background in a small log in window in the center. I want the original log in screen. (dotted wallpaper with changing background as you change the user)

Do I have to install Ubuntu again to get the log-in screen back?

  • How did you installed/uninstalled Xubuntu? – Lucio Feb 1 '13 at 23:39
  • synaptic package manager to install,purge command to remove it.. – jd529 Feb 2 '13 at 16:08

You need to open a terminal and then copy / paste the following:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure lightdm unity-greeter

and select lightdm as your display manager if prompted.

Also run the following to remove the greeter you don't want:

sudo apt-get remove lightdm-gtk-greeter

Updated: Now run

gksu gedit /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf

and make sure the file looks like this: enter image description here

Please let me know if this works for you or not.

  • led me to : " system running on low graphics mode "...fixed that....still getting the same log in screen... – jd529 Feb 2 '13 at 15:44
  • and yes...i used synaptic package manager. – jd529 Feb 2 '13 at 15:44
  • @jd529 I have updated the answer again, could you try editing lightdm.conf as I describe above and let be know if it works? – Mark Paskal Feb 3 '13 at 0:32
  • thanx for the answer man but trying to fix it,i tried one too many things i guess,ended up stucked on spalsh screen.by then it was just too much of headache.so i just re-installed it. – jd529 Feb 4 '13 at 20:42

Try sudo apt-get --purge -remove xubuntu-

  • Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! Unfortunately that's not going to work, for several reasons. The command has multiple syntax errors. There's no -remove flag with just one leading -. You can use the remove action (by dropping the -). However, the way this command is written, it will not remove anything, because xubuntu- will not be automatically expanded into anything else. sudo apt-get --purge remove xubuntu-\* may do what you're thinking. But there's another problem--the OP already said they completely uninstalled Xubuntu. Even with corrections this wouldn't really answer the question. – Eliah Kagan Feb 2 '13 at 7:20
  • 1
    Also, most Xubuntu packages don't start with xubuntu-, and removing the few that do (like xubuntu-desktop) will not, by itself, remove the others. – Eliah Kagan Feb 2 '13 at 7:21
  • >Bryce McNab: i already used the 'purge' command to remove xubuntu... – jd529 Feb 2 '13 at 15:47
  • purge command on what. "xubuntu-desktop"? this is only a meta-package – Mateo Feb 3 '13 at 3:13

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.