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Can not get passed the login screen

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http://askubuntu.com – I have the same issue as others (see Login returns to login screen [closed]). When I arrived at the login screen, I enter my password, the screen goes black for one second, displaying some text, and then it returns me to a fresh login screen. I can go to a console alt+f1 and login into my account on the command line. It is a fairly fresh install of ubuntu 12.04 64 bit, plenty of room left on the home dir. Permissions on the home directory are okay 755. Only one user. Any hint because I cannot fix this apparently... Thanks! Oh yes: the xsession-errors log says: "mkdtemp: private socket dir (HowTos)