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Several days ago we had a power failure. When I rebooted my Ubuntu Linux box, it initially came up displaying the F in the center of the screen but never went to the login. Instead it goes to a black terminal look. There is a cursor which responds to the mouse and an underline at the top left corner of the screen which does nothing.

The process list shows 4 /usr/bin/Xorg processes owned by root and there are many processed owned by gdm.

gdm restart produces the following error:

[root@BTRC-Server01 ~]# gdm restart

** (gdm-binary:11700): WARNING **: Failed to acquire org.gnome.DisplayManager

** (gdm-binary:11700): WARNING **: Could not acquire name; bailing out

Any help would be appreciated.

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Scenario like, your Ubuntu GDM(Display Manager) got corrupted due to sudden power failure & it can't be restarted so. Do one thing read this OR this.

This links have good question answered correctly here on this site only. Hope it'll help you out.

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Mostly it can be solved by: Type password into login screen, hit enter - nothing happens (removing the files like in the second option helped me a couple of times)

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