Originally Posted by H2SO4
Ok H2SO4, I performed the trouble shooting steps you instructed me to do and here is what I found out:
1) In Safe Mode
: symptom does not occur, and goes right to desktop
2) After creating another user account
: on restart, and after entering password, instead of getting a grey screen, I just get a regular dark/black screen (showing white pointer) for about the same amount of time that the grey screen appears in my regular user account, which from what I remember is normal on start-up. I restarted about three times in a row, and it did the same each time.
Then logged back into my regular account, and the grey screen was still there. By the way, which I forgot to mention in my original post (if it means anything), the white pointer is also there when the grey screen exists before the desktop appears. So, from what I can compare from this, the grey screen appears in place of the regular dark/black screen on start up (for about 25 - 30 seconds) before desktop appears.