[Solved] Unable to boot due to GNOME Power Manager error

If you are getting the following error while booting into ubuntu, its most likely due to low disk space in root drive:

“The configuration defaults for GNOME Power Manager have not been installed correctly. Please contact your computer administrator.”

Behavior:
After you enter the password on login screen, it takes you back to login screen making you unable to log in.

Solution:
However, you can still get to terminal. Press Ctrl+Alt+F1 to drop to terminal from login screen. Enter your username and password and execute the following command:

sudo apt-get clean

This will clean up the package cache freeing up lots of disk space. If you don’t have anything in the cache you’ll have to move your files to another partition. You can use mv for the purpose.

mv source destination

For eg;

mv ./file.zip /media/disk-3/file.zip

This will move the file – file.zip to /media/disk-3.

For people who still have the same error can try some alternate fixes as mentioned below:

  • Chmodding /tmp to 0777 have worked for many people.
    chmod 0777 /tmp
  • Try to reconfigure your packages.Source
    sudo dpkg --configure -a
  • Manually create the directory /var/lib/gconf/default/. Source

    mkdir /var/lib/gconf/default
  • Reinstall GNOME and dependencies
    sudo apt-get --reinstall install ubuntu-desktop
    

    Note that this command will remove some settings. Source

Cheers!

  • wietse

    When I execute the command:

    sudo apt-get clean nothing really happens?
    Can you please help me? i’m having exactly the same problemas discribed

    • http://www.techmindz.com Deepak Mittal

      First make sure the issue is being caused due to disk space. After pressing Ctrl+Alt+F1, type df and press enter. Note the disk space use on root (/). If you have plenty of space, the error is being caused due to different reason. You can try ‘chmod 0777 /tmp’ as I’ve heard this to be one of the solutions.

      Other solutions are:
      Executing sudo dpkg –configure -a
      Executing mkdir /var/lib/gconf/default/

      Source:
      http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=980711

  • wietse

    When I execute the command:

    sudo apt-get clean nothing really happens?
    Can you please help me? i’m having exactly the same problemas discribed

    • http://www.techmindz.com Deepak Mittal

      First make sure the issue is being caused due to disk space. After pressing Ctrl+Alt+F1, type df and press enter. Note the disk space use on root (/). If you have plenty of space, the error is being caused due to different reason. You can try ‘chmod 0777 /tmp’ as I’ve heard this to be one of the solutions.

      Other solutions are:
      Executing sudo dpkg –configure -a
      Executing mkdir /var/lib/gconf/default/

      Source:
      http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=980711

  • Scott

    Hey I’m new to this so please excuse my lack of knowledge!!

    I know I don’t have any enough space because I imported my windows documents in my install and when I got onto the os yesturday I found out I only had like 100meg remaining on the partition.

    Now I’ve got this screen and I’d like to move/delete my files but I don’t know where they’re kept??!! Like how do I move my files from one place to the other if I don’t really know where they are in the first place.

    Thanks for your help!!

    Scott.

    • http://www.techmindz.com Deepak Mittal

      You can use ls command to list directory. You can then move files using ‘mv’ command. Use ‘man’ command to see that command’s manual. Eg to see manual of ‘mv’ command type ‘man mv’ to see its manual.

      To delete files you can use rm command.
      Syntax:
      To delete file – rm filename
      To move file – mv source destination

      I hope that helped.
      PS: Use all the commands without quotes.

  • Scott

    Hey I’m new to this so please excuse my lack of knowledge!!

    I know I don’t have any enough space because I imported my windows documents in my install and when I got onto the os yesturday I found out I only had like 100meg remaining on the partition.

    Now I’ve got this screen and I’d like to move/delete my files but I don’t know where they’re kept??!! Like how do I move my files from one place to the other if I don’t really know where they are in the first place.

    Thanks for your help!!

    Scott.

    • http://www.techmindz.com Deepak Mittal

      You can use ls command to list directory. You can then move files using ‘mv’ command. Use ‘man’ command to see that command’s manual. Eg to see manual of ‘mv’ command type ‘man mv’ to see its manual.

      To delete files you can use rm command.
      Syntax:
      To delete file – rm filename
      To move file – mv source destination

      I hope that helped.
      PS: Use all the commands without quotes.

  • John

    Thanks very much, it finally solved my problem!

    • http://www.techmindz.com Deepak Mittal

      My pleasure :)

  • John

    Thanks very much, it finally solved my problem!

    • http://www.techmindz.com Deepak Mittal

      My pleasure :)

  • felipe

    hi,

    I’ve got a problem here. when I press Ctrl+Alt+F1 I get to a place where I can type anithing but it doesn’t do anything. also I tried to get into the grub by pressing Esc before it boots and it didnt work.

    • http://www.techmindz.com Deepak Mittal

      You don’t get a place to login? Doesn’t it ask for login user and password?

      • felipe

        no it when i press Ctrl+Alt+F1 I just get a blinking white line where I can type anything and when I try to enter grub it doesent do anything it just boots normaly.

        • http://www.techmindz.com Deepak Mittal

          In that case just boot into recovery mode. When you see grub menu, select recovery mode.

          Then you can proceed with apt-get clean to clean your apt cache.

  • felipe

    hi,

    I’ve got a problem here. when I press Ctrl+Alt+F1 I get to a place where I can type anithing but it doesn’t do anything. also I tried to get into the grub by pressing Esc before it boots and it didnt work.

    • http://www.techmindz.com Deepak Mittal

      You don’t get a place to login? Doesn’t it ask for login user and password?

      • felipe

        no it when i press Ctrl+Alt+F1 I just get a blinking white line where I can type anything and when I try to enter grub it doesent do anything it just boots normaly.

        • http://www.techmindz.com Deepak Mittal

          In that case just boot into recovery mode. When you see grub menu, select recovery mode.

          Then you can proceed with apt-get clean to clean your apt cache.

  • felipe

    sorry what I ment to say was that I wasnt able to get on grub so I dont know how to boot into recovery mode

    • http://www.techmindz.com Deepak Mittal

      Can you tell me what problem are you exactly facing?

      • felipe

        the problem I have is that when I turn on my computer it boots normaly but when it is suposed to enter my sesion I get the X mouse and the screen flashes between my background and a grey screen and I get the same error lited here (The configuration defaults for GNOME Power Manager have not been installed correctly. Please contact your computer administrator). I addition I havent been able to find a way to enter grub so I’m unable to boot into recovery mode

        • felipe

          and also I have my computer set so it logs in automatically so I dont see the login screen

          • http://www.techmindz.com Deepak Mittal

            You would need an ubuntu (or any other linux) live cd.
            Boot using the linux live cd. Browse to your root directory where your ubuntu is installed and find /boot/grub/grub.cfg

            Open the file using any editor and find “set timeout=0″ without quotes. Change it to “set timeoue=10″ (without quotes, again).

            This was for the grub part.

            Now for the gnome power manager, check if there is a problem of free space on the partition which has ubuntu installed. If it is low on free space, delete or move files to another partition. Now restart, remove the live cd and try booting again. You will see your grub menu and you’d be able to boot normally (if the problem was due to low free space and you did everything right).

  • felipe

    sorry what I ment to say was that I wasnt able to get on grub so I dont know how to boot into recovery mode

    • http://www.techmindz.com Deepak Mittal

      Can you tell me what problem are you exactly facing?

      • felipe

        the problem I have is that when I turn on my computer it boots normaly but when it is suposed to enter my sesion I get the X mouse and the screen flashes between my background and a grey screen and I get the same error lited here (The configuration defaults for GNOME Power Manager have not been installed correctly. Please contact your computer administrator). I addition I havent been able to find a way to enter grub so I’m unable to boot into recovery mode

        • felipe

          and also I have my computer set so it logs in automatically so I dont see the login screen

          • http://www.techmindz.com Deepak Mittal

            You would need an ubuntu (or any other linux) live cd.
            Boot using the linux live cd. Browse to your root directory where your ubuntu is installed and find /boot/grub/grub.cfg

            Open the file using any editor and find “set timeout=0″ without quotes. Change it to “set timeoue=10″ (without quotes, again).

            This was for the grub part.

            Now for the gnome power manager, check if there is a problem of free space on the partition which has ubuntu installed. If it is low on free space, delete or move files to another partition. Now restart, remove the live cd and try booting again. You will see your grub menu and you’d be able to boot normally (if the problem was due to low free space and you did everything right).

  • felipe

    thanks,

    since im using a netbook I need a memory stick to boot from a live image so Ill try that when I finish downloading the image. the other problem shouldnt be because of low free space on the disk because I’ve got 120gb free. Is there any reason for it and how do I solve it.

    P.S: The problem originated after I did a regular upgrade

    • http://www.techmindz.com Deepak Mittal

      Chmodding /tmp to 0777 has fixed this issue for some. You may try that once you get into recovery mode.
      chmod 0777 /tmp

      • felipe

        thaks a lot I’ll post again later when I enter recovery mode but im going to be out some time so I wont be able to work on it

  • felipe

    thanks,

    since im using a netbook I need a memory stick to boot from a live image so Ill try that when I finish downloading the image. the other problem shouldnt be because of low free space on the disk because I’ve got 120gb free. Is there any reason for it and how do I solve it.

    P.S: The problem originated after I did a regular upgrade

    • http://www.techmindz.com Deepak Mittal

      Chmodding /tmp to 0777 has fixed this issue for some. You may try that once you get into recovery mode.
      chmod 0777 /tmp

      • felipe

        thaks a lot I’ll post again later when I enter recovery mode but im going to be out some time so I wont be able to work on it

  • Geralt

    Thanks! It was the low disk space issue for me.

  • Geralt

    Thanks! It was the low disk space issue for me.

  • Ben Hoyle

    You are a lifesaver! It was disk space. This probably happens quite a lot on netbooks such as the eeePC that have limited hard drives.

    In the end the easiest way to free up space was to uninstall openoffice.org from the terminal – see http://www.ehow.com/how_6794860_uninstall-openoffice-ubuntu.html . Looks like it’s GoogleDocs for me.

    This was the clearest advice by far on the net, I trawled through a load of forum rubbish before arriving here. Many thanks.

    • http://www.techmindz.com Deepak Mittal

      Glad that it helped :)

  • Ben Hoyle

    You are a lifesaver! It was disk space. This probably happens quite a lot on netbooks such as the eeePC that have limited hard drives.

    In the end the easiest way to free up space was to uninstall openoffice.org from the terminal – see http://www.ehow.com/how_6794860_uninstall-openoffice-ubuntu.html . Looks like it’s GoogleDocs for me.

    This was the clearest advice by far on the net, I trawled through a load of forum rubbish before arriving here. Many thanks.

    • http://www.techmindz.com Deepak Mittal

      Glad that it helped :)

  • Eric Cheng

    Thanks, Deepak Mittal. My headache in last 2 days is just cured by typing the command “sudo apt-get clean”, per your advice. I could not log in my netbook in last 2 days due to this Gnome Power Manager error. I was afraid that I had to reinstall the Ubuntu to fix the error and my e-mail record would be lost.

    FYI, my netbook is Dell mini 9 installed with Ubuntu 10.04 netbook version.

    • http://www.techmindz.com Deepak Mittal

      Make sure you free up atleast 1GB of space from root drive to prevent the error from occuring again.

  • Eric Cheng

    Thanks, Deepak Mittal. My headache in last 2 days is just cured by typing the command “sudo apt-get clean”, per your advice. I could not log in my netbook in last 2 days due to this Gnome Power Manager error. I was afraid that I had to reinstall the Ubuntu to fix the error and my e-mail record would be lost.

    FYI, my netbook is Dell mini 9 installed with Ubuntu 10.04 netbook version.

    • http://www.techmindz.com Deepak Mittal

      Make sure you free up atleast 1GB of space from root drive to prevent the error from occuring again.

  • Theronb49

    Thanks! What finally solved this for me was to delete everything in /root/.local/share/Trash/files and ../info. After lots of screwing around, that finally did it.

  • Ncpiano

    Hey

    the fact that you actually managed to solve this problem gives me some hope! I haven’t been able to find a solution for this for over a month and have been using my windows which has to end NOW! :)

    I get stuck at the 1st stage of your solution, as when I get to the log in screen, ctrl+alt+F1 doesn’t send me to terminal. Any ideas???
    By the way I don’t know if this is caused by a too full memory in my case, I just heard its quite common so its worth giving a shot.

    N

    • http://www.absolutelytech.com Deepak Mittal

      You could always try a live CD to see if the problem is due to drive being full. I don’t see a reason why Ctrl+Alt+F1 doesn’t work. You can try to boot into recovery mode from Grub menu and select Root terminal and check for free space using df -h to see if its the free space issue.
      If nothing works, Ubuntu 10.10 is going to release in few hours, you may try upgrading from root terminal.

      • Ankan

        Hi
        Ironically I tried to upgrade to ubuntu 10.10. I imagine I had some space issues which led to a crash while installation. I logged in into the partially installed ubuntu 10.10 system- and faced the problem that you have mentioned- “gnome power manager..” I tried all the things that you suggested- my root has 1.2 GB empty now. I also did a full update after that through the terminal. However I still cannot get the error to go away. When I login now, I get all the applications that work with kde, but the ones with gnome dont work. I tried running gnome-session from gnome-do which is fortunately working. However that crashes with the complaint ” Cannot aquire name on session bus”. Do you have any idea what the problem might be?

        • http://www.absolutelytech.com Deepak Mittal

          Are you able to login in GNOME or KDE?

  • Anonymous

    I asked permission to use the picture above on my blog. it’s very helpfull :).

  • Guruvyasa

    thank you very much for this one

  • http://wavesailor.myopenid.com/ JJ

    Thank you – Thank you – Thank you
    All I did was free up some disk space and it solved my problem

    uBuntu developers please take note and put some better error messages in!!!!

  • P Basic

    Thanks! It worked for me.

  • Nikhileshn

    i have a similar problem… the machine does not authenticate my login and password. any help

  • Mot_tram_do

    just to confirm that for my case, sudo apt-get clean works and my GNOME is back.

    Thank you so much.

    • http://www.absolutelytech.com Deepak Mittal

      You’re welcome :)

  • Lazylew

    I tried all 5 suggestions but I still have the same problem occurring.

    After the fix I should either do CTRL ALT F7 or sudo reboot -h now correct? Or is it there that I went wrong?

    • http://www.absolutelytech.com Deepak Mittal

      You have to reboot after trying out the methods.

      • Lazylew

        but that is what I just said: sudo reboot -h now
        IS rebooting, isn’t it :-)
        it doesn’t solve it.

        • http://www.absolutelytech.com Deepak Mittal

          Yes, I was just answering your question “After the fix I should either do CTRL ALT F7 or sudo reboot -h now correct?”

          Anyways, I am clueless as to why none of the fix worked for you. I am sorry, but I wouldn’t be able to help more unless I have my hands on the machine.

  • Lazylew

    deleting files from Trash solved it for me
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=898573

    • http://www.absolutelytech.com Deepak Mittal

      “If you are getting the following error while booting into ubuntu, its most likely due to low disk space in root drive”

      This is the very first line of my blog post.

  • Metalskool666

    heyy, ive after ive pressed ctrl +alt and f1 i was able to enter my username but it wont let me type my password. any one know why?

    • http://www.absolutelytech.com Deepak Mittal

      You can type the password, it just doesn’t display on the screen. Go ahead, type the password and press enter and it will get you through. Just like you see stars (asterisks) instead of password in most of the applications, it doesn’t show anything at all. Hope you got it.

      • Metalskool666

        i did it but it wont log me in for some reason it keeps saying my password is incorrect even though i typed it right.

        (sorry for the late reply internet went down)

  • Kevin

    I tried every single one of these and nothing pops up afterward. But when I use “sudo apt-get –reinstall install ubuntu-desktop,” this comes up
    “Failed to fetch http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/u/ubuntu-meta/ubuntu-desktop_1.175_i386.deb
    E: Unable to fetch some archives, maybe run apt-get update or try with –fix-missing?

    • Kevin

      And also I tried deleting or removing files, but I don’t know how to do so exactly because of the file’s name

  • Christy

    Thank you so much!!! Giving all write privileges on /tmp worked for me. To keep the sticky bit, use:

    > sudo chmod a+rwxt /tmp

    The sticky bit “prevents unprivileged users from removing or renaming a file in the directory unless
    they own the file or the directory” (from man chmod).

    Christy

  • N00b2g33ks

    perfect fix!! thank you so much…..

  • Bry72

    My problem is that I cannot get a terminal to open. I was upgrading from 10.04 to 10.10 using the update manager and my computer froze half way through. My computer logs in automatically so Ctrl+Alt+F1 does not work for me. When I choose “recovery mode” from the Grub menu and hit “enter”, instead of getting a menu of options, I get a 3 page listing of info about my computer that ends with:n”Begin: Running/scripts/init-bottom…n Done.”nI have a blinking cursor at the bottom of the page but I cannot type anything and I cannot page up or down to look at the data.nnI have posted a thread over on the ubuntu forums but haven’t found a solution:nhttp://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1743258nnHere is a summary of my situation: n1. When I turn on my computer is gives me the first screen for Toshiba and an option to choose set up or choose a boot option (hard drive, cd, etc.)n2. It then takes me to my Grub menu screen with a 9 second countdown. Hitting any key stops the countdown.n3. My Grub menu consists of Ubuntu and its OS version, Ubuntu and its version with recovery mode, memtest and Windows XP (I have a dual boot system).n4. Choosing “recovery mode” and hitting “enter” to boot does not give me a menu of options. Instead, it gives me a 3 page listing of data and leaves me with a blinking cursor. I cannot type anything. Using Ctrl+Alt+F1, Ctrl+Alt+F2 or Ctrl+Alt+F7 does nothing. Ctrl+Alt+Delete takes me to another screen saying it will restart my computer.n5. My computer automatically logs me in so I cannot use Ctrl+Alt+F1 to get a login screen.n6. I have a live CD but running the two sudo commands does nothing.n7. I do not know if I have low disk space or how to find out if I do.n8. If I do have low disk space, I don’t know how to find the name of the files I can delete.n9. I am looking for either a way to get to the recovery mode menu or a BASH command that will open a terminal.nnAny help would be appreciated. Please read what I posted in the ubuntu forums to see what others have suggested but didn’t work.. I have done as much research as I can but I still cannot find a way to open a terminal when all I have access to is the Grub Menu.

    • http://www.absolutelytech.com Deepak Mittal

      I went through your thread in Ubuntuforums and the fact that you can’t even boot into text mode is not a good sign. The fastest and best way to get your system back up again would be to backup your current home directory using a live cd and reinstalling Ubuntu.

  • Bry72

    How do I back up my current home directory? Would this save all the files I currently have on the Ubuntu system (e.g. documents, software, bookmarks, etc.)nnThe most important thing for me is to be able to retrieve the files and such that I did not save to a CD before trying to do the upgrade. Hopefully there is a way to accomplish that using the live CD..

    • Bry72

      Disregard my last post, Deepak. I was able to find a way to save the files I wanted using a program on the Windows XP side that gave me access to the Ubuntu partition.nnIf anyone is having problems getting to their home directory on the Ubuntu side like I was, check out this thread that I started over on the Ubuntu forums. After trying many different things suggested by others, someone found a program that worked.nnUbuntu thread:nhttp://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1747735

      • http://www.absolutelytech.com Deepak Mittal

        Glad that you could backup your data :)

  • Pensacola

    Great tutorial, thanks!

  • venkat

    Try check out the disk memory with
    df -h
    if the root directory gets 100% full… then shows this error…

  • Guest

    thanks.
    you saved 6 months of my work

  • swati garg

    ALT+CTRL+F1 does not work for me. I get to the login screen but then after that there is no cursor movement, nor can I enter password.  How can I get to the terminal ?

  • swati garg

    ALT+CTRL+F1 does not work for me. I can’t get past login screen in which cursor won’t move and it would not take password also. 

  • Pingback: Unable to boot due to GNOME Power Manager error | MyStudying

  • Edp

    thanks it is solved

    Thanks & Regards,
    Dattaram Korgaonkar

  • Surveylan

    None of the commands worked :(
    How can I get back to developing?

  • thank you

    thank you. it was my disk space.

  • Mayur

    Thanks a lot. My same problem is solved. I was was thinking to format the system. But it was really a cool solution.

    Thanks again.

  • Guest

    Thank you. The clean command did the trick for me! 

    • http://www.absolutelytech.com Deepak Mittal

      Glad I could help

  • Deepak

    wowwwwwww……… it work….
    cheers!

    • http://www.absolutelytech.com Deepak Mittal

      Glad it helped

  • Asdad

    thank u so much !!!

  • Anon

    Thanks, it worked

  • Dinesh

    Deepak,

    Please help. I can get to the command prompt. It asks for user id and password. I enter both but it won’t authenticate. I know I am entering correct user id and password. Please help.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve tried almost all of the solutions, and none of them worked. The only one I haven’t tried is the second one.

    • Anonymous

      Oh, and when I try “chmod 0777…” or “mkdir…”, they both give me a message saying access/permission denied.

      • http://www.geekdevs.com Deepak Mittal

        Use sudo with those commands.

        • Anonymous

          Still can’t fix it…

          • Anubhavjain346

            I guess you have not login from root. 
            Type su. 
            press enter
            and type the password.
            Than try again the same.
            Hope this works

  • Herszr

    cant use sudo apt-get install

    • http://www.geekdevs.com Deepak Mittal

      Why are you using install command?

  • Dinesh

    Please help. I can get to the command prompt. It asks for user id and
    password. I enter both but it won’t authenticate. I know I am entering
    correct user id and password. Please help.

    • Shoaib

      try this,it workd fr me

      > sudo apt-get –reinstall install ubuntu-desktop

  • Bill W

    My problem was my partition was full, thanks to Simple Backup, which I had scheduled to run every 7 days. I deleted the directory that held the backups. This took care of my problems. To do this, I used the CD live to boot up, found the offending culprit and deleted it.

    • Iskrajohnj

      I suspect this is the source of my trouble, too.  I don’t have the CD live.  How might I find where simple backup is putting the copies and delete them?

  • Pingback: GNOME Power Manager configuration has not been installed correctly

  • Sub-Zero

    I did the following after the usual fixes such as those stated above wasn’t working in fixing the power manager problem this time around:

    1.) At the login screen, press CTRL&ALT & F1 to get to the terminal
    2.) Install Nvidia graphic driver by typing   sudo apt-get install nvidia-current
    3.) Restart by typing sudo shutdown -r now or pressing CTRL-ALT-DEL
    4.) Repeat step one to go back to terminal
    5.) Uninstall Nvidia graphic driver (which will give you some unpleasant graphic on some machines) by typing  sudo apt-get remove nvidia-current
    6.) Reinstall ubuntu desktop & gnome power manager by typing  sudo apt-get –reinstall install ubuntu-desktop gnome-power-manager
    7.) Repeat step three in restarting the machine
    8.) You should again see the Ubuntu purple desktop & Login Window
    9.) Log in and you should be back in business.

    IT WORKED FOR ME…..AND HOPE IT DOES FOR YOU.

    INSTALLING AND UNINSTALLING THE NVIDIA GRAPHIC DRIVER SEEMS TO REMOVE THE CORRUPT POWER MANAGER CONFIGURATION FILE, AND ALLOWING A NEW CONFIGURATION FILE TO BE SET UP WHEN YOU REINSTALL UBUNTU-DESKTOP & GNOME-POWER-MANAGER.

    • Sharanpresent

      Fantastic ! I just followed the usual fixes and installed + rebooted +uninstalled the nvidia-current package. And I was able to log in fine ! I didn’t even have to install the ubuntu-desktop or gnome-power-manager. Thanks a ton for your tips !

  • Sub-Zero

    TO DINESH & OTHERS:

    If you are having trouble logging in using the terminal, try booting into the recovery mode by doing the following:

    1.) Hold down the SHIFT key (if your grub boot loader menu is not displayed when your machine boots) when the machine boots until you see the grub boot loader menu.
    2.) Select the boot loader that has RECOVERY in brackets
    3.) After the recovery menu is displayed, select drop to ROOT user with network or drop to ROOT user only. This will allow you to run commands as Root User, & you won’t have to type SUDO before any commands.
    4.) Type pam-auth-update, & press ENTER KEY
    5.) When the PAM AUTHENTICATION ENABLE MENU  is displayed, select ALL the login authentication items & click OK.
    6.) Restart the machine, and try login to the terminal with your username & password (CTRL-ALT &F1 to get to terminal)
    7.) You should be able to login to terminal now, hopefully.

    If you still can’t login after doing the above, try the following:

    1.) Reinstall the Pam password authentication package by typing apt-get –reinstall install libpam-smbpass, after repeating STEPS 1 to 3 above. Select drop to ROOT with networking, as it may need to download the libpam-smbpass package.
    2.) Restart the machine, and then see if you can now login to your desktop or terminal.

  • Iskrajohnj

    I’ve tried all of the above with no luck so far.  I believe that the problem has something to do with simple back up’ back ups. I found where those zip files were stored and deleted all but the most recent.  I have nothing in my root directory – strangely…  How do I check disk space?  How much do I need to be free?  Last night I got a message saying I was nearly out of space.  I was lazy and didn’t investigate.  This morning is when I got the above message about power settings.  So, I assume it’s disk space… anyway, any other suggestions would be appreciated.  I will, in the mean time, remove more files.  I”ll post, obviously, if it does any good.

  • Iskrajohnj

    So… problem solved.  It turns out that when I designated a file to save my backups created by simple backup, it created a new file in media with the same name as my external drive,  It was thus saving full copies (also something I don’t understand…) of my home directory to this file in media located on my hard-drive.  It ddn’t take long to use up all the space on my drive – thus the problem.  It took a while to solve.  Tricky….

    Anyway, thank you!  I never would have guessed that a problem with power management was really a problem owing to having no disk space

  • Alekhamis

    Still cant enter into the terminal.. my desktop screen hangs.. how to figure this out??

  • maddo

    IL have this prob but prolly will be able to fix on next attempt. My problem is I only allocated about 7 gig to the root disk, thinking I could install other sware on another partition. Is there a way to do this? It’s easy in windows, you just cnange where to install each program but the ubuntu sw mangr doesn’t seem to have that option. Or could the default partition for the sw mngr be changed?

    • http://www.geekdevs.com Deepak Mittal

      The linux mounting system is too powerful. What you are saying can be easily achieved by making another partition for /home and settings the mount points in /etc/fstab. Similarly, you can setup mount points for any of the directories and use another partition for that directory. 

  • Abel_Asrat

    when I try to log in after I type the user name I can’t type the password what should I do?
     

  • bricebu

    This worked for me:

    > sudo apt-get –reinstall install ubuntu-desktop
    Thanks!

  • Ste Mcguirk

    It will not clean up for me???

  • Warhead Warhead

    than you, freeing up disk space worked like a charm!

  • pumps100

    Thanks for your advice. Don’t quite know what worked but you saved a 5 year old net book from being thrown in the garbage. I usually have these issues after I have had a few drinks and decide to “update”. Why so many issues with updating. I dont store anything and I dont fiddle with things.

  • abdul basit

    hey,,i also facing same eror,,but i have only one partition,,so how can i save my data,, please tell me some one,,,,,

  • Abdulbasit Shaikh

    great work guys…