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Using Ubuntu 14.04, the OS boots to LXDE. I select my username, enter my password, and get returned back to login. I can press Ctrl+Alt+F1 to log in through the console. I ran ls -l ~/.Xauhtority and got back the following:

-rw------- 1 a_user a_user 0 some_date /home/a_user/.Xauthority
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Finally managed to get it working. I ended up deleting whatever hidden files were in the /home/a_user/ directory with the command rm –rf .??*.

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