When I restart my OS, I log in. The desktop does not load for a full 2 minutes after typing my password. I can move my mouse and see my desktop background. No apps. Happens pretty much every time I reboot. I have a 2017 Dell XPS. Performance is excellent other than this odd issue.

How do I figure out what is causing this? How can I fix it?

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    I'm facing the same problems. The login bug was already addressed to the development team: bugs.launchpad.net/elementaryos/+bug/1596377
    – user6390
    Commented Sep 16, 2016 at 16:50
  • Ash, thank you, I hadn't seen this. I'm glad that the bug has been brought to their attention. Apart from a few other minor things, I am loving this new env though!
    – Rarcas
    Commented Sep 16, 2016 at 17:23
  • I have the same issue as you, after loading to my login screen it takes a lot of time to load the dock and the panel, quite confusing, still unable to locate the issue.Anyone?
    – user6421
    Commented Sep 17, 2016 at 23:14
  • who can help me
    – user8167
    Commented Jan 18, 2017 at 12:24
  • Can confirm that running sudo mv /etc/xdg/autostart/at-spi-dbus-bus.desktop /etc/xdg/autostart/at-spi-dbus-bus.disabled fixed the issue on both of my devices. Thanks I read and find this way to fix it ,but I'm not sure, I haven't try it.when I tried I will report it
    – user8167
    Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 15:53

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A solution (or at least temporary workaround) proposed in the bug discussion - https://bugs.launchpad.net/elementaryos/+bug/1596377 - is to rename the file:




This fixed it immediately for me.

  • thanks, that worked for me too bro!!! right now after login just take 2-10 seconds :)) Commented Mar 13, 2017 at 2:13
  • This also resolved the problem for me. Thanks a lot.
    – JoeFox
    Commented Apr 18, 2017 at 18:31
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    Didn't worked for me
    – jpmottin
    Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 18:17

This is a known bug in dbus. There is an upstream fix but unfortunately it hasn't made its way into elementary yet (apparently the fix is in staging, so it should appear soon).

I think the related problem is explained and fixed here: https://mail.gnome.org/archives/commits-list/2016-July/msg02793.html

OS Loki is running dbus-daemon 1.10.6 from 2015-12-1 while the problem was fixed in July 2016. An update to newer dbus version (one after 1.10.10) should fix the issue.

To fix the issue for now: Rename the file to at-spi-dbus-bus.desktop


If you don't want to mess about with files I've found the following temporary workaround:

  1. Enter a PTTY (Press CTRL + ALT + F1.

  2. Login.

  3. Restart lightdm with sudo systemctl restart lightdm.

  4. You will be taken back to the login screen, login and Slingshot should appear instantly this time.

  • Thanks a lot I read it and find. Something I will try it
    – user8167
    Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 15:54
  • Don't forget to mark the question as answered once you find your solution!
    – Mike Wild
    Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 16:09
  • I'm not sure whether it can be Fixed I haven't tried it. When I Fixed it . I will be change it
    – user8167
    Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 16:22
  • When I do this command, my screen goes black and I only see my mouse in the middle of my screen.
    – jpmottin
    Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 18:22

Same issue here, to temporarily avoid that wait of 5 minutes:

  1. press alt+f1
  2. enter your username/password
  3. restart lightdm with sudo service lightdm restart
  • While this reduces the wait time until you can try again in the login screen, it haven't solved the recurring issue (at least for me)
    – Dionysius
    Commented May 19, 2017 at 14:50

A solution (or at least temporary workaround) proposed in the bug discussion - is to rename the file:




Yes. this happened to me as well.

  • I wait more than 30 min. But no result
    – Sl19
    Commented May 20, 2017 at 3:11
  • can you try the above?
    – Mike Rodov
    Commented May 20, 2017 at 17:51

This is a known bug. Apparently this issue also applies to Ubuntu. There is an assistive app in the autostart that runs terribly slow. I went to the startup directory:

cd /etc/xdg/autostart/

I changed the file extension for the problem file to effectively prevent it from starting

sudo mv at-spi-dbus-bus.desktop at-spi-dbus-bus.desktop_DISABLED

Now my machine boots in ~5 seconds vs 120 seconds.

AT SPI D-Bus Bus

AT SPI stands for Assistive Technology Service Provider Interface, a framework to integrate accessibility functions in applications. This command will create a new DBus for AT SPI specific functions.
Command: /usr/lib/at-spi2-core/at-spi-bus-launcher –-launch-immediately
Status: unwanted until you need the accessibility features.
Reference: https://www.linuxfoundation.org/

This is a known bug in dbus.


sudo mv /etc/xdg/autostart/at-spi-dbus-bus.desktop /etc/xdg/autostart/at-spi-dbus-bus.desktop.backup

More info: https://bugs.launchpad.net/elementaryos/+bug/1596377 or https://mail.gnome.org/archives/commits-list/2016-July/msg02793.html


I'm on a Razer Blade Stealth from late 2016 with integrated Intel graphics. I'm having this problem on a fresh install (dual-boot with Windows) and no solution seems to be helping. I renamed that file which seems to fix the problem for everyone else, I restarted lightdm, I installed drivers and updates, and I reinstalled the operating system more times than I can count. Is there anything else I can do to fix this? The default desktop background is a beautiful tree, but I'd love it if I could use eOS as an operating system instead of just a nice digital picture frame. Thank you!

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