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I just rebooted my laptop and I can't start the gui. I logged in in text mode and startx says no screens detected.

I have tried to purge and install the nvidia driver,

  • I have tried to reinstall and reconfigure xserver-xorg...
  • I have tried to manually add my device (video card), monitor and screen in /etc/X11/xorg.conf and....

I have no gui at all. I need my desktop environment back. Can anyone help?

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(1) Add laptop/video card model (2) Post /var/log/Xorg.log.0 –  John Siu Jan 20 '13 at 20:32
please, post full error log which appears after you hit startx. which desktop are you trying to start? what did you do prior the reboot? –  donSchoe Jan 20 '13 at 20:49
Here is how i solved it. Installed nvidia-310.19 instead of nvidia-current 1. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa 2. sudo apt-get update 3. cd && wget 4. chmod +x nvidia-310.19 5. cd && sudo sh nvidia-310.19 6. sudo reboot –  Zeiss Jan 20 '13 at 22:17
@user1930341 1) Please don't just run software from unsupported sources. Nividia driver 310.19 is packaged for Ubuntu and also has an official Nvidia source. 2) Please don't put answers in comments. (This is a Q&A site and answers should be posted as answers) –  gertvdijk Jan 21 '13 at 10:30

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