I dual boot Windows and Linux Mint on the same computer. I spend most of my time in Windows, only occasionally rebooting to Mint. I got tired of rebooting and set up a VirtualBox VM to launch my Mint OS from a raw disk. After logging in, I get the error message "Cinnamon has crashed. You are currently running in fallback mode. Do you want to restart Cinnamon yes/no" If I click yes, the error just comes back. If I say no, I am put into a Gnome2 (?) session. I tried installing the Guest Additions software, but that didnt help.

Any ideas on how to resolve this? Obviously, I would like it to work both in a VM and booting straight into Mint.

  • I said it defaulted me to Gnome2
    – Keltari
    Nov 8 '15 at 8:09
  • I am wondering why you want me to do that? what information are you looking for?
    – Keltari
    Nov 8 '15 at 8:14
  • linux isnt my strong suit. i ctrl-f2 to console, but i dont see gnome or x. if i startx, i just launches x with cinnamon and the same error happens.
    – Keltari
    Nov 8 '15 at 20:41
  • nothing stands out as an error.
    – Keltari
    Nov 8 '15 at 23:43

I gave up trying to get it to work with Cinnamon. I just installed LXDE and use that in VB.


I had the same Problem on my Linux Mint work computer. My problem was that while updating packages something went wrong. So in my case I ran:

sudo apt install --fix-broken

A whole lot of pacakges had to be fixed. one of them cinnamon-settings-daemon which probably caused this error for me.

LXDE is much more lightweight, so not a bad choice either!

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