Missing Login Screen?

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airybear
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Missing Login Screen?

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Hi, my name is Kyle, and I'm an alcoholic... But not really. Lol. Anyways, it's been a couple years since I've been in any close use with any Linux distro, so I've probably forgot more than I think, so if my questions are odd, sorry.

Okay, so long story short, I was installing packages through the terminal, and meaning to leave the computer on overnight and resume my 50,000 terminal tackle in the morning, I accidently hit the power button, and oddly enough, the screen only went out instead of turning off like it usually does. I don't know. Anyways, once I booted up, it ran a routine "file system check" and of course, found that the mount on sdb5 (my boot drive) was corrupted from bad and/or duplicated sectors. So after manually running "fsck" and tapping Ctrl+D, the system rebooted and the gde started up, but there was no login screen. The two dot things, the background, and my mouse did appear though.

Since used the terminal as root on whatever the first "screen" (Ctrl+Alt+F1) is, and have run multiple file system checks, fixing the same problems each time, repairing packages such as xserver-xorg and gdm (and others I thought might be the root of my issues), and reinstalling others. I don't know if it is the source of the problem, but I was in the process of installing glib and gtk+ updates, since the system came oddly set for other packages, which has caused me similar, but not irrepairable, troubles before (shame on me for not learning). What I want to do now is I suppose completely reinstall all of gnome, unless that isn't the problem with the login screen. Anyone know how to do that inside the system without downloading and configuring packages? Or do you think that there is something else wrong?

Any help is greatly appreciated!

Thanks,
-Kyle

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Re: Missing Login Screen?

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gdm is separate from gnome so reinstall gnome won't help anything. Try this:

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sudo dpkg-reconfigure gdm

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Re: Missing Login Screen?

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Alas, I have already tried that. Forgive me, I should have put "reconfigure" instead of "repair". But that, along with everything else, goes through without issue, but has virtually no effect on my system. Is the login screen part of the gdm?

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Re: Missing Login Screen?

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The login screen is gdm. Without gdm your computer will boot to the command line and you have to manually start X once you log in.

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