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[Solved] Linux Mint ..Sign In Problem

Discussion in 'Other Operating Systems' started by John Stenger, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. John Stenger

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    I am running Linux Mint 18.3 and have developed a situation where upon LINUX START UP the sign in Box appears along with a Guest session option above it. However it does not allow me to use my password any longer, because when my mouse arrow clicks in the password box, it immediately goes to guest session mode! and then a pop up tells me all data during this guest session will be deleted. I have searched to repair this issue on-line but all of the fixes seem to require signing in, Which I cannot do! ..Any suggestions for this issue?
     
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  2. DSTM (Dougie)

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    Hi John. I did read of a fix.
    Get Rusty's OK before attempting this fix.

    From the login screen press Ctrl+Alt+F1 to go to a virtual console (full screen terminal);

    Login as yourself (you get no visual feedback as you type passwords, just type it and press Enter);

    Then run this command:

    apt remove virtualbox-guest*

    After the command completes you can return to the login screen by pressing Ctrl+Alt+F7 or F8 and then reboot your system.
     
  3. John Stenger

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    I tried the procedure Dougie and on top of everything else, It's now not recognizing my password or User name! ..I'm thinking maybe since I have virtually nothing stored on this Linux OS, maybe it's best to just Uninstall it and reload from the DVD again! Because this "Guest sign in thing" is a real problem! ..it deletes every addition to the programs I make during that session.
     
  4. Tony D

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    No need to uninstall. Just reload it from the DVD.

    Note: Did this computer have problems previously? Asking because things shouldn't be changing all by themselves. Maybe you have a hard drive issue.
     
  5. John Stenger

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    Yes PC was not starting at all in widows 10! ..but this seemed to be working, so I guess I will give it one more try! ..reload it from the DVD you say? ..just one question! will the PC be able to tell the newly loaded OS from the older one?
     
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    I'm not 100% certain because I haven't had to do it, but I expect the new OS will over-write the old one. You may even get a message during the installation saying that all data on the drive will be erased. Let us know.
     
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    I give it a Try Tony!
     
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    The other thing that you could do is change it to the user that you want by pressing the up/down arrow.
    Make sure that the NumbLk is activated some times when Linux get to the sign on screen it is not even when it it set to be on through the BIOS. Just use the number on the top row if use have used numbers as part of your password.
     
  9. John Stenger

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    Everything is finally working out! I reloaded the LINUX MINT OS today, and so far it's working normally! the sign-in box is accepting the password as it should, and I only hope it remains that way! ...Thank you all for your help as always ..John
     

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