I'm having this issue where I enter my password and all I get is a black screen with the mouse cursor moving around, it's the same closed issue from here.

Purging package configuration doesn't do anything, and lately pressing CTR + ALT + F1 won't bring up the console like it should, so I have to shutdown the system and start again!

My kernel version is: and I have an Intel graphics card.

Could it be related to the /dev/sda1: recovering journal? I've been getting that more often lately (we have electrical issues).

At times the boot logo would delay for several minutes as well, is that related?

Found this link on launch pad that is similar to my issue: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/1559576

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    Problem is still occurring, I need help please! I can't even run the command shell with CTRL + ALT + F1 Nov 20, 2016 at 5:12
  • Happened twice this morning.. Dec 11, 2016 at 3:28
  • Could you boot the defected kernel without login switch to console and get output of uname -a & sudo lshw -c display . Is this issue still with last kernel update? What is the version of the last working kernel?
    – user.dz
    Dec 18, 2016 at 10:03
  • Could you give me more specific details? Dec 20, 2016 at 5:33
  • Sure, I'm expecting a graphic driver issue, so could you run these tests: paste.ubuntu.com/23658579
    – user.dz
    Dec 20, 2016 at 12:10

3 Answers 3


There seems to be an error in the last kernel update. Try to use an older kernel version under extended boot options. --> stable ! with Intel GPU.
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    It's been happening since earlier kernels. Nov 14, 2016 at 16:32

As shown in this launchpad bug report there is a bug affecting Lenovo laptops that has Ubuntu Gnome installed, and it's not resolved yet. The only workaround is to install LightDM and set it as the default login manager.

  • Do 3D applications work fine now, like glxgears?
    – user.dz
    Dec 26, 2016 at 12:07
  • I'll have to try that app to tell you, I already attached the tests for you @user.dz Dec 26, 2016 at 15:39

I dont know surely, but had this problem once too when I was frickling with nvidia-driver in the past with Ubuntu 13.10. You might try following three steps in terminal :


sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop


sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg


sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start

Instead of step 2.) you might try :

sudo apt-get install --reinstall xserver-xorg

Hope this hits as solution to you. In case gdm was lost before you might try too :

sudo apt-get install --reinstall gdm

In the end you should clean up with :

sudo apt-get autoremove

In case gdm was not installed with gnome together, then after:

sudo apt-get install gdm

there should following :

sudo service lightdm stop


sudo service gdm start

Then reboot the machine.

  • I tried your solution, commands 1 and 3 weren't recognized so I just reinstalled xserver-xorg and gdm. Several restarts later the problem still occurs! @dschinn1011 Dec 21, 2016 at 21:38
  • @Muaad ElSharif - have re-edited my answer with additions. As I see gdm was not installed in the beginning of gnome. So you need to switch from lightdm to gdm. Dec 22, 2016 at 19:08
  • I did the exact opposite! I'm working fine with Lightdm now! Dec 23, 2016 at 16:10
  • @Muaad ElSharif - you should Check if gdm works as described in answer. Before you after reboot log in with password there is in lightdm in menu of login window Option to select gnome - otherwise if gnome is not working, then you should report this as bug in gnome. Dec 24, 2016 at 17:13
  • The bug exists and it's on launchpad, you can find it in my answer below. Dec 25, 2016 at 6:13

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