Originally Posted by cjnkns
I am using Fedora 10 on an Dell Inspiron 9300.
The issue is I get to the user log in screen that shows my name and the Other account option. When I try to log in using my account it "acts" as though it will continue but then returns to the log in screen again.
Do you have the ATI or the Nvidia graphics? I think early 9300s had ATI Mobility Radeon, later ones an Nvidia, but it may have been a selectable option. Dell laptops can be a bit quirky for Linux, and the Radeons add some quirkiness. I'm writing this on a Dell Latitude D600 with the Radeon though, running F10, and have fewer problems now than with earlier Fedoras.
If you can still log in with your userid on a text console (Ctrl-Alt-F2), we can rule out password/authentication problems, probably. Since you're getting to the gdm login screen, your X config is not totally hosed, although X could still be a factor. But I'm thinking you've somehow clobbered your Gnome login setup, if not your whole home directory setup.
You can try adding another user from a text console as root (refer back to how you did a /bin/su previously, but do "/bin/su -" to make sure you get root's full login environment. Then
will get another userid set up, named testuser (you can remove this later with userdel if you want) . Try logging in with that, and report back. I'd suggest rebooting (shutdown -r 0) to get back to the login prompt, to make sure there aren't any side effects from your failed regular login.
I'm a long-time Unix/Linux systems engineer, and I'm reasonably certain that you can't do any harm by adding the new account, but if you're not comfortable with it, don't do it. I'll check back here tomorrow to see how you're doing. Good luck.