How to recover from a display driver problem
jf_byrnes at comcast.net
Sat Apr 9 21:47:54 UTC 2016
Ubuntu 14.04 with Nvida GeForce 9100 graphics with 2 monitors.
I was having problems displaying double underlines in LibreOffice and
when nothing else worked I decided to try a different driver. I had
been running the Nvida proprietary driver. Like a dummy I did not write
down it's version number, but I know the version I switched to was vers
340.96. Numerically I remember the original drivers version was smaller.
I tried to make the switch using the software updater's additional
When I rebooted the desktop appeared but the mouse moved very slow and
then the desktop froze and then both monitors turned a pale blue and I
had to use the power button to restart. I rebooted again with the same
I tried the advanced option from the grub menu. In the recovery mode I
selected failsafeX. Got a message saying I was in low graphics mode
but graphics settings could not be detected correctly and I would have
to configure them myself. I then get a pop up saying Run in llow-grapics
mode for one session, Reconfigure graphics, Trouble shoot the error or
Exit to console login.
At first I could choose run in low graphics and it would boot to a
desktop that was mostly covered by a list of resolution it tried but
could not use, then the screen would go black. After a few tries every
option led to a black screen with a flashing cursor.
Anyone have any ideas of how to correct this without a complete reinstall?
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