Ubuntu 11.04 desktop won't load after login
Posted on 2011-05-06
First off apologies if this issues has already been raised, I found some similar issues using the search but none of them have helped.
I have recently downloaded and installed Ubuntu 11.04 desktop. I'd like to be able to dual boot into Windows or Linux on my PC so I've installed in on an ext4 partition on a separate drive from Windows.
The installation process ran smoothly and the dual boot functionality works as planned. The problem I'm having is that after logging in, the login window disappears (as does the options bar at the bottom of the screen), and then nothing else appears, the Ubuntu startup music plays, then just the mouse cursor (with a loading icon) and an empty background image, no icons, no menus, no right click context menu. It doesn't matter how long I leave it for, nothing ever happens from this point on. I CAN get in to the GUI using safe mode though.
512mb ATI graphics card
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2Ghz CPU
150Gig partition formatted with ext4.
I am technical, however, unfortunately ,I'm very new to Linux (something I'd like to remedy) so I'm a bit stuck with what to try next. Any pointers would be appreciated.