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ubuntu 12.04 stuck at logon purple screen

Posted on 2013-06-12
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Hello,

Recently after I added another hard drive to my computer - my ubuntu 12.04 can't get pass the purple screen during the start up logo. I tried to disable/removing the added hard drive. I also tried doing the nomodeset by editing the grub file. Any ideas how to fix it? Thanks in advance.
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by:Darr247
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If you hit the Esc key after it's past the grub menu, the splash screen goes away and you can see line by line where it's at in the boot process. Where is it stopping at when you do that?
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It doesn't respond to the ESC key, looks like it is stuck :( I can ssh to it tho
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by:morsun
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Does it respond to Ctrl+Alt+F1 ? if yes you can get to logs to see the issue in /var/log or in /home/user/.xsession-errors
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by:demallic
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It doesn't respond to Ctrl+Alt+F1 neither. I ssh into the machine, and heres what I got from boot.log

less boot.log
 ESC[31m*ESC[39;49m modprobe vboxdrv failed. Please use 'dmesg' to find out why
 * Stopping restore sound card(s') mixer state(s)ESC[74G[ OK ]
 * Starting the Winbind daemon winbind       ESC[80G ^MESC[74G[ OK ]
saned disabled; edit /etc/default/saned
 * Starting anac(h)ronistic cronESC[74G[ OK ]
 * Stopping anac(h)ronistic cronESC[74G[ OK ]
 * Stopping cold plug devicesESC[74G[ OK ]
 * Stopping log initial device creationESC[74G[ OK ]
 * Starting load fallback graphics devicesESC[74G[ OK ]
 * Starting configure network device securityESC[74G[ OK ]
 * Starting configure virtual network devicesESC[74G[ OK ]
 * Stopping load fallback graphics devicesESC[74G[ OK ]
 * Stopping configure virtual network devicesESC[74G[ OK ]
 * Starting save udev log and update rulesESC[74G[ OK ]
 * Stopping save udev log and update rulesESC[74G[ OK ]
 * Starting GNOME Display ManagerESC[74G[ OK ]
 * Starting Userspace bootsplashESC[74G[ OK ]
 * Starting Send an event to indicate plymouth is upESC[74G[ OK ]
 * Starting LightDM Display ManagerESC[74G[ OK ]
 * Stopping Send an event to indicate plymouth is upESC[74G[ OK ]
 * Stopping LightDM Display ManagerESC[74G[ OK ]
 * Stopping Userspace bootsplashESC[74G[ OK ]
 * Checking battery state...       ESC[80G ^MESC[74G[ OK ]
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the problem is resolved. i tried to run startx and it reported "no screens found"

then I did the following:

rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf
reboot
startx

my ubuntu is working again! thanks for everyones help :-)
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the problem is resolved.
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