Desktop hangs on login

Bug #1622418 reported by Anthony Shively on 2016-09-12
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
elementary OS

Bug Description

I've noticed that occasionally when I'm booting into the system, after I put my password in at the login screen, the screen just hangs, the dock or top bar don't appear and I just have a mouse pointer but nothing else.

I'm forced to manually power down my machine and reboot, then it's usually fine, but sometimes I have to do that more than once.

Andrés Buitrago (and-buitra) wrote :

I have been noticing this but I don't know if it is related to the latest update. Used to think that it was fault of my dual monitor setting but it appears as it isn't.

no longer affects: gala
affects: appcenter → gala
Zisu Andrei (matzipan) wrote :


Can you confirm that if you wait 3-5 minutes the desktop does not appear?

Changed in gala:
status: New → Incomplete
Anthony Shively (tonyjs) wrote :

No, on mine I just left it for a while (20 min or so) and when I came back, it did appear, but why the long delay?

Zisu Andrei (matzipan) wrote :

This report is a duplicate of an older one, but I can't find it anymore.

Not entirely sure what's causing it - if I did, I'd fix it :P

Changed in gala:
status: Incomplete → New
summary: - desktop hangs on login
+ Desktop hangs on login
affects: gala → elementaryos
Zisu Andrei (matzipan) on 2016-09-15
Changed in elementaryos:
status: New → Confirmed
jegjessing (jarlgjessing) wrote :

I too experience this in a degree that makes the computer unusable.
I experience this more often now that a successfull login.
If I do a CTRL+ALT+F2 and execute sudo killall Xorg try to login kill it again then after some tries I'm finally able to log in :-(

Seth Moeckel (smeck1999) wrote :

I just installed Elementary for the first time on my Razer Blade Stealth 2017 (dual core 7th gen i7), while most everything works I have also experienced this issue. It seems completely to do with timing. If select the login password field with my mouse rather than just typing, and I wait for a few seconds after the wifi has connected, everything works great. If I rush it, I log in, see a bit of screen blocking for a split second, and get stuck with just a cursor and wallpaper. I can't help but feel like this has to do with either the session manager (lightdm?) or NetworkManager (commonly a massive pain in the rear).

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