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I am running Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa with the cinnamon desktop. Linux Mint has been working fine for me for quite a while, but recently after trying to login to my user account, with the correct password, it quickly flashes these messages:

**[Errno 13] Permission denied: 'etc/lsb-release'
* speech-dispatcher disabled: edit /etc/default/speech-dispatcher
*VirtualBox Additions disabled, not in Virtual Machine
saned disabled: edit /etc/default/saned
*Restoring resolver state. . .** 

I don't know what this means or how to fix this, but if anyone can tell me, please do because I have a lot of valuable data on my computer and I can't access it. Thanks in advance.

closed as unclear what you're asking by Anthon, Scott, user79743, Jakuje, Archemar Feb 14 '16 at 10:28

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    So the message flashes and then you can just continue to do your work normally? Or it throws you out? Or the machine hangs? What happens if you login on the console as root? With that or booted from CD have you checked the state of the filesystem (as you value your data you of course have a recent backup) – Anthon Feb 14 '16 at 7:36
  • Just out of curiosity, do all of the messages say /etc/…, or is it really a mixture of /etc/… and etc/… (without the initial /) as you have indicated?  More importantly, what are you doing with VirtualBox?  Is the problem on your host machine or a guest VM?  Do you have (or can you obtain or produce) a bootable CD/DVD or USB device (or ISO image) that would let you access your files?  Finally, please verify that my edit didn't do any damage; i.e., are the asterisks part of the messages, or were you trying to make it bold? – Scott Feb 14 '16 at 8:10
  • @Anthon It flashes the message and then takes me back to the login screen, for me to enter the password again, then it flashes the screen and continues the cycle. – Garrett Delaney Feb 14 '16 at 8:12
  • @Scott my bad they all say /etc/... And I am not using a virtual machine, so I have no idea what that part is trying to say. I still have the ISO file I used to install it on USB; are u saying I can use that to access the files and then maybe transport them somewhere else and then reinstall linux mint and then put the data back onto that. And what was inside the ** double asterisks is what flashes on my screen quickly, and then it just takes me back to the login screen. – Garrett Delaney Feb 14 '16 at 8:21
  • What happens when you log in at a text virtual terminal? Press <Ctl><Alt><F2> to get a terminal and login there. Even if it doesn't allow you to log in, it might display the error messages for long enough for you to be able to read them all. – garethTheRed Feb 14 '16 at 8:36

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