After attempting to reinstall my NVIDIA drivers following the 12.10 update today, on reboot I found myself at the command line. Using a Compaq Presario f500. Please understand, I have just barely begun using the terminal, I don't know bash very well, and I am totally lost. How do I start my desktop GUI, and/or is there a way to reinstall Ubuntu from command line without wiping my filesystem?
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Your failure to boot to a graphical interface most likely comes from updating your graphics driver. It indicates that this driver is not working on your hardware.
If you are able to boot into a command line you may try to resolve the issue by running
which gives you a command line version of the additional driver management program. See this question for more:
If that fails, or in case you are unable to log in at all you may be able to boot a root shell. From there you can try to update your graphics drivers with the following commands (Source: Ubuntu Forums):
If we can not run proprietary drivers this is now the state where the open nouveau driver should load on boot. To re-install the nvidia-current (or any other) proprietary driver we may now issue:
In case you are still unable to boot a GUI you may in addition have to remove a faulty
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