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How to fix the gray screen bug

Some users have reported that they cannot boot AriOS properl.

If you encounter such a problem and see a gray screen instead of GNOME, simply switch to a virtual console by pressing Alt+Ctrl+F1. If you are booting inside Virtualbox, use HOST key (usually right ctrl) +F1.

Then run:

sudo killall Xorg

sudo stop lightdm

sudo start lightdm

This should get you into GNOME.


  1. Russell wrote:

    I’m trying to run this on Oracle VirtualBox. I get the message:
    “This kernel require the following features not present on the cpu: pae
    Unable to boot – please use a kernel appropriate for your CPU”

    Could anyone help? AriOS looks great but I would like to try it before using it.

    Monday, November 12, 2012 at 3:54 am | Permalink
  2. Russell wrote:

    I went ahead and burnt to a DVD, running it on my laptop. I get the grey screen. The commands do not fix it, either.

    Monday, November 12, 2012 at 4:42 am | Permalink
  3. Jim wrote:

    I have tried both the 32 bit and 64 bit versions on two different computers: Intel and AMD. I tried the “grey screen fix” on both. It did not work on either computer.

    I received no message or response after entering “sudo start lighted”.

    I would love to evaluate your OS, but this is a serious problem that has not been adequately addressed.

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Permalink
  4. crabbos wrote:

    uhh I hope you typed “sudo start lightdm” and not “started” ….

    Was using AriOS for quite a long time until a bad install of another distro messed up my partitions. Might give it another go soon though as it is a very good distro.

    Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 6:17 pm | Permalink
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