Xubuntu Oneiric won't start XFCE

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http://unix.stackexchange.com – I tried upgrading the Ubuntu on my trusty netbook and found 11.10 was way too slow. So I switched to xubuntu by installing the xubuntu-desktop package and then following the crazy instructions here : http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/purexfce Now when I try to start up I get the xubuntu load-screen. But then my screen starts flashing between text mode and blank. Text mode starts with the ominonus line could not write bytes: Broken pipe and then continues with further startup info about PostgreSQL, Apache etc. After it reaches the line * Checking battery state... it freezes. The flashi (HowTos)