So I got rid of Lightdm but how do I get GDM to launch at default. It hangs on "checking battery state" this is in virtual box if that matters. I want GDM login to load by default instead of me starting it manually.

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    nvm, did some more work and learned how to use rc.local. Added "gdm &" after do start and now it boots up really really quickly. – Jesse Oct 14 '11 at 14:28
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    Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! Congrats on getting it solved, can you add that as an answer? :) – jrg Oct 14 '11 at 14:42

You probably need to reconfigure GDM.

To do that, switch to a tty. Ctrl+Alt+1

Login as your user, then run the following:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure gdm

Select GDM instead of lightdm, then you can do a reboot (sudo reboot in the ttyy) and you're good to go.

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  • I know I can open a terminal in gdm and then run unity, but how do I get unity to run on startup within gdm? – MrG Jul 8 '14 at 14:27

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