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Hi all, I am an intermediate user, which means I know just enough to get myself into trouble... I have borked my Ubuntu 12.04 graphics environment somehow playing with Virtualbox. ...
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    How to remove and re-install all X graphic desktop programs


    Hi all,
    I am an intermediate user, which means I know just enough to get myself into trouble... I have borked my Ubuntu 12.04 graphics environment somehow playing with Virtualbox. I can boot into text mode and everything works fine, but startx fails to start correctly and it won't boot at all in graphics mode. I have a lot of customization, so I am trying to avoid re-installing the OS, so I am hoping to be able to remove all GUI desktop environments and re-install from scratch in hopes that takes care of my problem. I have tried to do that, but obviously I am missing something and need a lifeline. I have run apt-get purge for the following programs:
    xorg, unity, unity-common, gdm (I had Gnome 3 installed).

    Now when I run startx, it still loads a portion of the desktop so obviously I am missing something.

    Any words of wisdom from one of you gurus?

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    Did you remove the package "xorg-server"?

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    Not specifically, but it had been removed already. Probably a result of purge xorg?

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    Ah, okay. Sorry, I'm not sure what else to advise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonesTdog View Post
    I can boot into text mode and everything works fine, but startx fails to start correctly and it won't boot at all in graphics mode.
    Can you check for the following files, and post their contents, if found?

    user-specific X11 error log:
    Code:
    ~/.xsession-errors
    system-wide X11 log (contains errors, warnings, and general info):
    Code:
    /var/log/Xorg.0.log
    Hopefully, a detailed account of what is going on will be in one of those files.

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