I'm going to explain things first. I'm using a 32 bit version of Backtrack 5r3. I've always logged in as root and didn't mess with what shouldn't be in terms of what to do/what not to do. Three days ago the error "Failed to load 'Gnome" appeared when I tried the console login. I could sign in and access the command line but whenever I clicked the typical startx the message started appearing. After trying several bug fixes that can be found via searching "xorg error fix backtrack" and "failed to load ubuntu/gnome" it changed the gnome to ubuntu.
Oddly, as root on the command line I couldn't access the xorg logs until I used chmod777. Even weirder it listed Release and and X.org as commands which aren't. My only way of actually using the computer required me to make a non-root account just so I could ask a question.
The main problem is I cannot resort to a reformat because of my job's requirement. At the current time I'm an information broker and I had one bit of important data bookmarked on tor. I need to fix the Failed to Load problem.
Note: I'm using the kde plasma failsafe to even use the non-root. I've registered on Backtrack's website but no confirmation e-mail yet and that was twenty minutes ago.