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I had Ubuntu 11.10 on my Dell laptop with GNOME 3 installed and everything worked like a charm.

I backed up my users' home folders, installed windows and then Ubuntu and GNOME 3 for a dual boot. After restoring my home folder from backup, I discovered that GRUB loads with an old Debian background and very small text. This is a non-issue, but I brought it up because I think it might be relevant to my other problem. Instead of the new Ubuntu login screen, which I had before, I have the GNOME 2 login screen without a user list. I can't seem to find any preferences dialog for the login screen like GNOME used to have either. Any ideas?

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Try this Restore Ubuntu Lightdm now i am not sure if that is the login software you are using but it is the default for the new ubuntu.

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It seemed to be the login software I was using since it was the only display manager there. – Yitzchak Dec 28 '11 at 19:42
Correction, I did have gdm. I switched to lightdm, which gave me the login screen I expected but caused a new problem. GRUB now flashes on the screen for less than a second which doesn't give me the time to select the OS I want. – Yitzchak Dec 28 '11 at 20:06
so you are still stuck? – LowvaPrg Dec 28 '11 at 22:34
Nope, I got it. Somehow a line got deleted from grubs conf file so I just pasted in a standard file I got off somebody's blog. – Yitzchak Dec 29 '11 at 15:51

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