When I boot to the login screen, I can put in my credentials but nothing happens after that. I left my laptop over night and it still didn't log in. The only thing I can do is hit ctrl, alt f2 to get a terminal and run startx which required me to install gnome shell (ugh). If I run startlxde, I get an error saying that it can't connect to the display.

Edited: It seems the issue is with lxdm. LightDM allows me to login just fine.

  • Are you able to log in with command line. – shashank singh Apr 26 '13 at 16:24
  • It happens to me too. When I enter my credentials the system does nothing, no disk/process activity. startx works though. – R. Max Apr 30 '13 at 4:16

Try using lightdm instead of lxdm as display manager. That worked for me.

Although I can't explain why it fails with lxdm, only found some "cannot connect to X" messages at .cache/lxsession/LXDE/run.log.

  • Hey cool switching to lightdm worked well. Now to figure out what the hell is wrong with lxdm. – Rob Fitz May 1 '13 at 12:11


Ctrl + Alt + F1 and log in.

sudo mv -v .Xauthority .Xauthoritybak
sudo shutdown now -r

It should now work.

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