Cycles through black screen on login after changing password

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Published on 2012-09-03T17:39:50Z Indexed on 2012/09/04 3:49 UTC
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On my laptop, I forgot the password to my Ubuntu partition, so I logged into the root command shell on the recovery start up option in GRUB so that I could change the password.

On my first attempt to change my user password, I got this error:

[email protected]:~# passwd username (*not my actual user name*)
Enter new UNIX password:
Retype new UNIX password:
passwd: Authentication token manipulation error
passwd: password unchanged

After doing some research, I discovered that I was stuck as read only on the file system, so I ran the following command to remount the file partition as read/write:

mount -rw -o remount /

Afterwards, I change my user password using passwd and it was changed successfully.

I restarted my laptop and tried to login using the new password but the only thing that happened was after entering my password it flashed to a black screen with some text that I couldn't make out except for "Ubuntu 12.04" then another black screen half a second later, and finally back to the login screen. Repeated attempts to login results in only this action.

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