SOLVED: Can't start Cinnamon Session on Linux Mint 14

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SOLVED: Can't start Cinnamon Session on Linux Mint 14

Postby freelancer91 on Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:31 am

Hello,

I just did a clean install of Linux Mint on my laptop. It is an Asus G-75VW. Whenever I try to login to a Cinnamon Session (normal or 2D) it gives me a black screen with my mouse pointer on it (which I can move) for a few seconds and then goes back to the login screen. I know the password was right because it plays the login sound as it goes to the black screen.

However, when I try to do the same thing except in a Gnome session, it works fine and logs me right in.

I have already tried uninstalling and reinstalling Cinnamon to no avail.

What might be causing this and how can I fix it?

EDIT: Interestingly, MATE works, but for some reason whenever I run it, it looks NOTHING like any MATE session I have ever seen:
http://i.imgur.com/wIVJNOS.png

Contrast this with what Linux Mint Mate Edition is supposed to look like out of the box:
http://linuxmint.com/pictures/screensho ... a/mate.png

Why is this?
Last edited by freelancer91 on Sat Mar 30, 2013 8:37 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Can't start Cinnamon Session on Linux Mint 14

Postby freelancer91 on Sat Mar 30, 2013 8:37 am

Found the issue:

I had to install the latest Nvidia drivers. Run the following command (either from a Gnome Session in terminal or by entering the console through control-alt-f2.):

sudo apt-get install nvidia-current

Log out and then login to the Cinnamon session and it should work.

Incidentally, Duck-Duck-Go is a terrible search service that did not help me find this. Only found it once I put Chrome on the machine and used Google.
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