How can I exit the command shell on reboot in Ubuntu 10.10?

JeffO December 5, 2010

I installed Linux Ubuntu 10.10, performed all updates and did some “root” work using a terminal window and the command “sudo nautilus”. I used Ctl-X to exit. When I reboot now, all I get is the command shell asking to log in. When I login, I am still in the command shell. How do I get back to the graphics?

  1. Frownydaclown
    December 22, 2010 at 4:29 am

    The command "startx" (no quotes) will start a gui. If that doesn"t work, than try running
    "sudo apt-get install xorg" in the event that you uninstalled or damaged it while working. I hope this helps.

    • helena
      May 25, 2011 at 9:54 pm

      I love you! you saved my day, I'm sooooooooo happy to see my kubuntu working again. "startx" worked :) Greetings! helena

      • Tina
        May 25, 2011 at 10:33 pm


        thanks a ton for your feedback!

    • Jack Yan
      March 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      Thank you so much! All these folks were telling me to type exit (to no avail). Wish I came across you earlier!

  2. Anonymous
    December 5, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Disable the existing video driver

    If you still have an old /etc/X11/xorg.conf file remove that:

    sudo rm /etc/X11/xorg.confand restart.

    If that doesn't work, remove the previous nvidia driver:

    sudo apt-get purge nvidia-current
    The above command will remove the previous nvidia restricted driver. This should allow the system to start up with the nouveau drivers. Once yo are back at the desktop, you can then install the restricted nvidia drivers