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    Ubuntu crash to login - desktop effects issues?

    (I've only been using Linux for a couple of months. I barely know anything.)

    Mmmk. I was trying to uninstall compiz-fusion and was deleting repositories or something... I'm guessing that I deleted something major, because when I logged out and back in, it just brought me to a certain point and then stopped loading. That was fixed when I reinstalled gnome through recovery mode. But now, I attempted to update something to do with fx (I have very little clue about what I'm doing) and the walkthrough I was using told me to hit ctrl+alt+backspace... Which I did. But not, when I go to login I get to the brown screen before all of my desktop settings load... It flashes black a couple of times, goes to some text, and then reloads the login screen... I can log into failsafe GNOME successfully, but that's fairly limited it seems and I get the "cannot enable desktop effects error" when I try to enable the desktop effects. (there is no custom effects option)

    I've searched the forums and googled this high and low... And to no avail. I use this computer to take notes for class, and I have finals coming up... So I kind of need those notes. I understand that there won't be an easy fix for this and I'm willing to work with the terminal and whatever else.

    I just need help. Lots of it.

    Also, when I issue:

    sudo apt-get update
    I get this error:

    Ign cdrom://Ubuntu 7.10 _Gutsy Gibbon_ - Release i386 (20071016) gutsy/main Translation-en_US
    Ign cdrom://Ubuntu 7.10 _Gutsy Gibbon_ - Release i386 (20071016) gutsy/restricted Translation-en_US
    Get:1 gutsy Release.gpg [191B]                    
    Get:2 gutsy-security Release.gpg [191B]             
    Get:3 gutsy Release.gpg [191B]                    
    Ign gutsy-security/main Translation-en_US           
    Get:4 feisty Release.gpg [189B]                     
    Ign gutsy/partner Translation-en_US               
    Ign gutsy-security/restricted Translation-en_US     
    Ign feisty/screenlets Translation-en_US             
    Ign gutsy-security/universe Translation-en_US       
    Ign gutsy-security/multiverse Translation-en_US     
    Hit feisty Release                                  
    Err feisty Release                                  
    Get:5 gutsy Release [6998B]                       
    Get:6 gutsy/partner Packages [2619B]              
    Get:7 feisty Release [3687B]                        
    Ign feisty Release                                  
    Hit feisty/screenlets Packages                      
    Ign gutsy/main Translation-en_US        
    Ign gutsy/restricted Translation-en_US
    Ign gutsy/universe Translation-en_US
    Ign gutsy/multiverse Translation-en_US
    Get:8 gutsy-updates Release.gpg [191B]
    Ign gutsy-updates/main Translation-en_US
    Ign gutsy-updates/restricted Translation-en_US
    Ign gutsy-updates/universe Translation-en_US
    Ign gutsy-updates/multiverse Translation-en_US
    Hit gutsy Release
    Hit gutsy-updates Release              
    Get:9 gutsy-security Release [51.2kB]    
    Hit gutsy/main Packages
    Hit gutsy/restricted Packages
    Hit gutsy/main Sources   
    Hit gutsy/restricted Sources
    Hit gutsy/universe Packages
    Hit gutsy/universe Sources
    Hit gutsy/multiverse Packages
    Get:10 gutsy-security/main Packages [45.9kB]
    Hit gutsy/multiverse Sources
    Hit gutsy-updates/main Packages
    Hit gutsy-updates/restricted Packages
    Hit gutsy-updates/main Sources
    Hit gutsy-updates/restricted Sources    
    Hit gutsy-updates/universe Packages          
    Get:11 gutsy-security/restricted Packages [14B]
    Hit gutsy-updates/universe Sources      
    Hit gutsy-updates/multiverse Packages
    Get:12 gutsy-security/main Sources [7790B]
    Hit gutsy-updates/multiverse Sources      
    Get:13 gutsy-security/restricted Sources [14B]
    Get:14 gutsy-security/universe Packages [25.7kB]
    Get:15 gutsy-security/universe Sources [4368B]      
    Get:16 gutsy-security/multiverse Packages [2903B]   
    Get:17 gutsy-security/multiverse Sources [833B]     
    Fetched 153kB in 6s (23.0kB/s)                                                 
    Reading package lists... Done
    W: GPG error: feisty Release: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 3C33E735F854AFD7
    W: Duplicate sources.list entry gutsy/partner Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/archive.canonical.com_ubuntu_dists_gutsy_partner_binary-i386_Packages)
    W: You may want to run apt-get update to correct these problems
    When I run update again I get the same error, exactly.

    braacken at suggested that I run

    sudo apt-get install gdm
    When I do so, I get this in return:

    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    gdm is already the newest version.
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 6 not upgraded.
    P.S. I'm running 7.10

    Any and all help is greatly appreciated!!

  2. #2
    Penguin of trust elija's Avatar
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    Jul 2004
    Either at home or at work or down the pub
    First of all can you log in to the recovery console and post the
    results of the following command

    sudo cat /etc/apt/sources.list

    This is the file used to to define your repository sources. It looks like
    you have a problem in there, so it will be the first thing to sort out.
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