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I switched to Xubuntu from windows and things have been pretty smooth until I tried to connect another monitor to my laptop (using vga). The screen suddenly went black, and since then, even with my external monitor disconnected, all I see is a black screen after I enter the login details. I can use the guest account to login without any problems.

I looked around before posting and found the exact same problem and the solution there was to delete this file /.config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/displays.xml, but unfortunately that file doesn't seem to exist in my pc.

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Try looking for the file in /home/USERNAME/.config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/displays.xml (replacing USERNAME as appropriate) instead of /.config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/displays.xml.

The path to the file you wrote above is an absolute path starting in the root file system.

  • i have the path /.config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml but i don't see the displays.xml file in it. – fsociety Apr 17 '14 at 18:11
  • @fsociety You need to prepend that path with ~. – edwinksl Sep 24 '16 at 7:18

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