Ubuntu – Only able to login to Failsafe GNOME


Installed Ubuntu using WUBI, when I reboot, I'm able to login as "Failsafe GNOME" and xterm, but NOT as just GNOME. What is the likely source of the issue? Hardware, bad install, etc.?

  • Version: Ubuntu 10.04.1 LTS (Lucid Lynx)
  • WUBI (on Windows XP Pro SP3, basically all updates)
  • HARDWARE: PowerSpec 6245, Processor: AMD Athlon™ XP processor 2800+

When I login as GNOME, it takes the username/password, then screen goes black for 1-second, then flashes back to the login. At first I thought I forgot the admin password, but figured out I was able to login as xterm, then as Failsafe GNOME.

Any suggests? Thanks!


From Failsafe, I'm able to change the default screen size/Hz (which is correct for the monitor) to 800×600, and then login as GNOME. If I change it back to the default via GNOME, I'm not able to login.


Posted a follow up question focus on possible WUBI resource conflicts here. And info on a strange issue related to how changing the screen background results in the same pattern of the login failing.


Given up on Ubuntu, don't have time for this, would delete the question, but there's too many answers. So, I'll just leave it unanswered.

Best Answer

  • Try renaming ~/.gnome2/session to something else