I'm a very fresh Linux user. It's my first step and I finished Debian 5.0.3 installation and I can't login. I type the username and password but nothing! Just the prompt changes to "debian@user$". I need help. Thanks.
You are probably at the console.
You have either not installed Xorg or xorg is crashing. If it's the first case and you want to install Gnome, try:
apt-get update and then
apt-get install gnome . It will install every necessary dependency and you will be probably greeted with a graphical login screen upon completion of the installation.