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So I've been having some graphics problems, and recently I installed these packages: But after installing those and restarting my computer, I cannot get Ubuntu to load--it freezes on the purple screen. In recovery mode, I have tried to use root to fix some things, but it hasn't work, and I cannot connect to the internet in recovery mode to download anything else.

Is there any way I can uninstall these packages in recovery mode to revert back to what I had before?

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Start by loading the network drivers before dropping to the root shell, then reverse the installation of the Intel module:

sudo apt-get remove xserver-xorg-video-intel

Do you in fact have an Intel video card? Which one. You can get some information on it from

lshw -C display

if you are not root when you try to do this you will need to prefix it with sudo

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The network drivers are already installed; they simply are not loaded. – hexafraction Oct 8 '12 at 22:18
Yah, umm that's what I meant :/ – fabricator4 Oct 8 '12 at 22:29
I do have an Intel card. The info from that command is: VGA compatible controller, 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller, pci@0000:00:02.0, version 09, 64bits, 33MHz, msi pm vga_controller bus_master cap_list, latency=0. And when I try to load the network drivers through the recovery menu, a bunch of text will flash by, but then it stops at some point and won't go back to the menu. Do I have to have an ethernet connection for this to work? Also, I am using a DVI cord to connect to my monitor. Could this also be causing problems? Thanks for your patience. – kara Oct 8 '12 at 23:03
So, I was able to get it to 'Resume Normal Boot' in Recovery Mode. No graphics were available, but I could connect to the internet, so I was able to remove that package, and my desktop loaded. Thanks so much. – kara Oct 8 '12 at 23:19

On the recovery mode menu, there should be an option to load network drivers:

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Select that option, and confirm the request to remount the root filesystem in read-write mode. After some status text flashed by, you should arrive at the menu again, but with network drivers loaded. From there, select the option root to "drop to [a] root shell prompt."

You can then use sudo apt-get remove to remove the packages in question.

Also refer to fabricator4's answer to get info on what packages should be removed.

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Ok, I managed to find a work around.

First select dpkg on recovery menu, then select root and execute dhclient eth0 to load the network drivers. From here you can execute sudo apt-get remove purge nvidia-* to nuke everything Nvidia from the system so we can start again with-out a re-install!

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