I have ubuntu 14.04 and am stuck in a login loop problem despite trying the common answers to the multitude of questions on the site ,none have worked. I can't figure out what's wrong and would be happy to try and provide log information, given some guidance in how to do that.

  • I can get to recovery mode
  • I can get to tty root shell prompts

Results of cat ~/.xsession-errors

Script for ibus started at run_im

Script for auto started at run_im

Script for default started at run_im.

init: gnome-session (Unity) main process (1480) terminated with status 1

init: unity-settings-daemon main process (1467) killed by TERM signal

init: logrotate main process (1384) killed be TERM signal

init: update-notifier-crash (/var/crash/lightdm.0.crash) main process (1420) killed by TERM signal

init: update-notifier-crash (/var/crash/_user_bin_Xorg.0.crash) killed by TERM signal

init update-notifier-crash (/var/crash/_usr_lib_ibus_ibus-ui-gtk3.1000.crash) main process 1426 killed by TERM signal

init: upstart-dbus-session-bridge main process (1446) terminated with status 1

init: xsession-init main proess (1464) killed by TERM signal

init: hud main process (1472) killed by TERM signal

init: unity-panel-service main process (1484) killed by TERM signal

init: Disconnected from notified D-bus bus

Results of ' lsmod|grep fglrx'

fglrx 13510274 0

amd_iommu_v2 19054 1 fglrx

Things I've tried from answers to reading various questions on askubuntu about login loops include the following

  • Changing permissions of contents of my home directory, (specifically xauthority as well)
  • Installing, reinstalling, restarting lightdm, gdm, lxde (desktop environment)
  • Creating a new user and logging in from there (doesn't work for guest or the new test user I've created)
  • Booting into recovery mode and using the dpkg function
  • sudo chmod 777 ~/.ICEauthority (now it's owned by user rather than root?)
  • resetting unity with the unity tweak tool
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Nobody properly explained the fact that there's a button on the login screen I can press to change desktop environments to access the lubuntu desktop environment I previously installed.

xfce/xubuntu and lxde/lubuntu work, cinnamon unfortunately does not. Unity being the awful mess it is doesn't and is why I went through this all.

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