Ubuntu boots into a console instead of the graphical interface.

This is the result:

Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS ubuntu tty1

ubuntu login: steven
Last login: Mon Jul 20 05:51:12 EDT 2015 on tty1
Welcome to Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS (GNU/Linux 3.16.0-30-generic x86_64)

* Documentation:  https://help.ubuntu.com/
steven@ubuntu:~$ _

I’m not sure how to make Ubuntu boot up from this stage.

  • It does start up. You probably installed a server version. – Pilot6 Jul 20 '15 at 17:29
  • is there a link to ubuntu it's self? – Steven Hines Jul 20 '15 at 17:30
  • It is Ubuntu itself. Please tell what distribution did you install. What file did you download as Ubuntu. Give a link. – Pilot6 Jul 20 '15 at 17:31
  • I think i got it now. is this the link fro ubuntu? ubuntu.com/download/desktop – Steven Hines Jul 20 '15 at 17:33
  • Right. And what did you install? – Pilot6 Jul 20 '15 at 17:33

You probably installed Ubuntu server instead of desktop.

Server version does not have a graphical interface.

You can download and install Ubuntu Desktop or run in console

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

In a comment, you said that the name of the file you used was ubuntu-14.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso.crdownload. The extension .crdownload indicates an incompletely downloaded file. If you installed from this, you should expect all kinds of weirdness. It may be possible to recover this system, but my suggestion would be to try again from scratch.

  1. Download the file again, this time waiting for the download to complete. The .crdownload extension should be removed: the completely downloaded file is called ubuntu-14.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso.
  2. Install again, as you did before, but this time using the complete .iso file. It should work properly this time.

Frankly, I’m astonished it worked at all.


If you find you do have ubuntu-desktop installed, execute the following:


It should fire up the GUI login page if it's configured correctly.

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