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I am very new to Linux and Ubuntu. I use Ubuntu 11.10.

I was trying to exit the X server (in order to install some Nvidia drivers) and I typed in the terminal:

sudo service lightdm stop

How can I return to the Ubuntu interface?

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You can run the opposite command:

sudo service lightdm start
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Press alt+ctrl+F1.

Login using your credentials. Type in:

sudo service lightdm start 

Then press alt+ctrl+F7.

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