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I have installed Ubuntu 64 bit on a 2009 Mac Book Pro running Snow Leopard using VMWare Fusion 3. When I start the vm and reach the login screen I enter my user name and password and the progress bar moves for a bit then the machine goes back to the login prompt. If I try selecting Failsafe GNOME from the list I can get it - although at the low display resolution. If I then run vmware-user the screen adjusts itself correctly to the right resolution. I do have the VMWare Tools installed and I have restarted the machine a number of times. For some reason I am having trouble finding the xorg.conf file on the machine also. It does not seem to be at the usual location and does not show up in a locate. I would like to just be able to login to GNOME proper. Does anyone have an idea about what is going on? Also, I should mention that I run Snow Leopard in 64 bit mode.

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Provide the Ubuntu version, as 9.10 is “not yet supported” (since it was released after VMware 3.0). – Martín Marconcini Nov 20 '09 at 2:19
Sorry - I forgot to give the Ubuntu version - it is 9.10. I guess I will wait for support from VMWare and just use the previous version of Ubuntu for now. – Snap Shot Nov 20 '09 at 10:40
With Fusion 3.0.1, Ubuntu 9.10 is supported. Works well on my computer. Fixed this display problem for me. – fideli Dec 12 '09 at 15:58
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I faced to the same problem, then I login into xterm session, and then

rm -rf ~/.config/gnome-session

And logout, then it's ok to login to gnome again

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Thanks very much - this worked for me. I even tried again from scratch before I saw your response and it still did not work. I happened to need to reformat Snow Leopard and I installed the latest version of VMWare from the start and still had the same problem. However, your suggestion solved the problem. – Snap Shot Feb 9 '10 at 13:46

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