Help with lost GUI in Ubuntu 11.10

Peter Hillier-Brook phb at
Sun Jan 29 22:40:55 UTC 2012

On 29/01/12 16:39, Ioannis Vranos wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 29, 2012 at 6:04 PM, Peter Hillier-Brook<phb at>  wrote:
>> Thanks for replying. I see no graphical interface at all: the last thing
>> before a login prompt is a message that Plymouth has been stopped
>> (paraphrase) and the relevant logs - kern.log, Xorg.log.0 and others I have
>> forgotten - claim that there is no support in the kernel for nvidia.
>> Until I updated from 3.0.0-14 to 3.0.0-15 I had no problems. If the log
>> content is pertinent I will be happy to collect it, but given that I'm in
>> the "unhappy with Unity" gang, I'm not far from a re-installation with
>> Lubuntu with which I'm very happy on other machines. :-)
> Try logging in the console, and type:
> sudo apt-get remove nvidia*
> sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-nouveau
> sudo shutdown -r now
> Then let us know if the problem was fixed.

Thanks for the suggestion. I'll give it a spin, but even if it works it 
won't have identified why the update caused a failure and will be an 
avoidance, rather than a diagnosis and fix.

Peter HB

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