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How do I enable nvidia drivers in recovery mode?

I've installed 12.04 via text mode with the alternate ISO. It rebooted into the blank purple screen; Ubuntu bongos played. I'm in recovery mode. Apt says the nvidia-common is installed. jockey-text says nvidia-current and nvidia-current-updates are both installed but not enabled. It complains it cannot find the module for either.

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Check which module is loaded with lsmod | grep -e nvidia -e nouveau. Try running nvidia-xconfig. – mikewhatever May 5 '12 at 14:39
lsmod says nvidia is loaded. I'm root in recovery and it can't find nvidia-xconfig. Neither can locate and whereis. – jonc May 5 '12 at 14:44
Nuts. Make that "noveau is loaded." – jonc May 5 '12 at 15:00
Ran apt-get update and apt-get upgrade in recovery. Got a new kernel. Rebooted. No go. Back in recovery, ran "Clean". That added a kernel. Reboot. No go, again. lsmod still says nouveau is loaded. "jockey-text --no-dbus -l" still says nvdia_current/nvidia_current_updates are "disabled, not in use". – jonc May 5 '12 at 15:20
You can permanently blacklist nouveau with echo "blacklist nouveau" >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf. – mikewhatever May 5 '12 at 16:34

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