When I try to login to Freya, the screen bounces when I entered the password.

If I go to a console terminal (using CTRL+ALT+F1), I can login OK. There must be something wrong in my configuration preventing me to login.

I've tried creating a new user and the same thing happens : I can not login.

Any ideas, any one ?

  • Did you do anything with your xorg (display) server or something like that? What were your last actions before you were unable to login?
    – embik
    Aug 17, 2015 at 5:01

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The problem was keyboard configuration. For some reason, the greeter has been set to US-English keyboard (instead of French) when the console and once logged in Freya is still with the French Keyboard. As the keys are not mapped the same way, I was having an authentication failure. This was clear when looking at the file: /var/log/lightdm/lightdm.log

I haven't managed to get the French keyboard back (for Greeter) yet but at least I can work around it: - I can use the on-screen keyboard (not cool as anybody can see what I am typing ... but it works) - I can type the password on the keyboard knowing the US keyboard map (if there's no punctuation signs that's doable).

Hopefully I will manage to get the French keyboard back for the Greeter.

  • I managed to switch keyboard by adding a file /etc/default/keyboard with the line : XKBLAYOUT="fr,us" I am not able to switch keyboard from the Greeter (I still have the message "no keyboard layout available") ... but I don't care. Aug 18, 2015 at 9:28

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