Linux Mint Debian - no GUI after dist-upgrade in Virtualbox

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I just made a complete upgrade/dist-upgrade of my Linux Mint Debian. After rebooting, I was prompted to shell login tty1 without a GUI/Gnome on tty7 running.

Typing sudo xinit showed some error messages like:

module abi major version doesn't match the server's version
failed to load module vboxvideo

I added Virtual Box to the repository list:

# /etc/apt/sources.list
deb squeeze contrib non-free

and reinstalled the guest additions

apt-get install virtualbox-guest-x11 virtualbox-guest-additions

after rebooting, now the GUI is back.