Ubuntu: Ubuntu boots on terminal only, how do I recover the GUI desktop?


Where is my Ubuntu desktop? Its booting and going always default to terminal screen, if i press Ctrl+Alt+F7 still in terminal Ctrl+Alt+F1 still in terminal.

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No GUI, how do I recover it?


sun@e700gent:/etc/X11$ sudo apt-get install --reinstall ubuntu-desktop  [sudo] password for sun:   Reading package lists... Done  Building dependency tree         Reading state information... Done  The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:    libcdio-paranoia1 packagekit-backend-aptcc gdebi-core libxrandr-ltsq2 linux-headers-3.5.0-23-generic linux-headers-3.5.0-23 libcdio-cdda1 libllvm3.1  Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.  0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 reinstalled, 0 to remove and 209 not upgraded.  Need to get 0 B/4,016 B of archives.  After this operation, 0 B of additional disk space will be used.  (Reading database ... 230006 files and directories currently installed.)  Preparing to replace ubuntu-desktop 1.267.1 (using .../ubuntu-desktop_1.267.1_amd64.deb) ...  Unpacking replacement ubuntu-desktop ...  Setting up ubuntu-desktop (1.267.1) ...    sun@e700gent:~$ unity --reset  WARNING: no DISPLAY variable set, setting it to :0    (process:2541): GConf-WARNING **: Client failed to connect to the D-BUS daemon:  //bin/dbus-launch terminated abnormally with the following error: Autolaunch error: X11 initialization failed.    WARNING: environment is incorrect: No D-BUS daemon running    Did you just try to reset in a tty?  unity-panel-service: no process found  compiz (core) - Fatal: Couldn't open display :0          sun@e700gent:~$ sudo startx  [sudo] password for sun:       X.Org X Server 1.11.3  Release Date: 2011-12-16  X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0  Build Operating System: Linux 2.6.42-37-generic x86_64 Ubuntu  Current Operating System: Linux e700gent 3.5.0-36-generic #57~precise1-Ubuntu SMP Thu Jun 20 18:21:09 UTC 2013 x86_64  Kernel command line: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-3.5.0-36-generic.efi.signed root=UUID=68af0547-17ed-4a85-8369-244d57223f91 ro quiet splash vt.handoff=7  Build Date: 11 April 2013  01:05:39PM  xorg-server 2:1.11.4-0ubuntu10.13 (For technical support please see http://www.ubuntu.com/support)   Current version of pixman: 0.24.4      Before reporting problems, check http://wiki.x.org      to make sure that you have the latest version.  Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,      (++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,      (WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.  (==) Log file: "/var/log/Xorg.0.log", Time: Tue Jul 16 17:37:57 2013  (==) Using system config directory "/usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d"    Fatal server error:  no screens found    Please consult the The X.Org Foundation support        at http://wiki.x.org   for help.   Please also check the log file at "/var/log/Xorg.0.log" for additional information.     ddxSigGiveUp: Closing log  Server terminated with error (1). Closing log file.  


It seems like solving this problem is like rocket science, its unfixed. Instead of wasting time debugging it, i finally re-install the ubuntu.


Try this. Just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command(s) below:

sudo apt-get install --reinstall ubuntu-desktop  


when I encounter this on my machine I simply delete the /etc/X11/xorg.conf and restart the system. BUT - I always make backups! :)


What display manager did you have before? Go to protected mode as root with Ctrl + Alt + F1 Then try reinstalling the following packages:

apt-get install --reinstall xorg-xserver*  apt-get install --reinstall gdm  apt-get install --reinstall unity  

In case you have a different display manager than gdm, type kdm or lightdm.

I once had that too - regarding nvidia-drivers ...


Follow below instructions:

  1. sudo dpkg --configure -a
  2. sudo apt-get install --reinstall ubuntu-desktop
  3. restart your computer and go to desktop


There was posted in Ubuntu-forum this here to solve the problem after

"Stopping userspace bootsplash" appears like in your boot-log:

With the proprietary drivers installed they did the following:

Ctrl + Alt + F1 (To open up a terminal) and after login:

sudo apt-get clean    sudo apt-get autoclean    sudo apt-get autoremove    sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh -a    reboot  

Entered Grub recovery mode and selected "repair damaged packages"


Hold Shift to get to grub menu hit E to enter temporary changes into grub place 'vmalloc=192MB' next to quiet splash


And problem now solved ?!

They then made the change permanent by editing the /etc/default/grub to include:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash vmalloc=192MB"  

Maybe this solves your problem ? Let me know !


I had the same problem, and none of the solutions posted here worked.
What worked for me is the following:

     sudo apt-get upgrade       sudo reboot  

Commands such as apt-get update where not working before reboot. After rebooting I opened a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and updated everything

    sudo apt-get update      sudo apt-get dist-upgrade  

and everything seems to work fine.

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