I cannot login my GUI login in 14.10

guest login works boot in recovery mode and change user password with success

reboot and cannot get past GUI login -- it takes password then it acts like its going to the desktop then it goes back to GUI login

I can login in recovery mode with this user name just fine so I know the password is good

Please Help --- I really don't want to reinstall

  • Did this happens after a kernel update? What GPU do you have? Dit you installed drivers from a ppa? Are their any "grapical" glitches, like resolution that looks strange? – Thomas15v Dec 21 '14 at 14:14
  • I did a kernel update days ago without problems – Vmax Rubicon Dec 21 '14 at 15:11
  • no resolution change and Im not sure what gpu I have – Vmax Rubicon Dec 21 '14 at 15:12
  • I Did NOT install any new drivers – Vmax Rubicon Dec 21 '14 at 15:13
  • I can GRUB back to aprevious kernel nut that did not work – Vmax Rubicon Dec 21 '14 at 15:13

It is something to do with an xorg lock file called .Xauthority that is stored in the user's home directory. Just log in via the terminal and then delete the lock file(s) (there were two in my case).

I think the problem arises when xorg does not close properly. You can check my other answer here

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