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I'm fairly new to Ubuntu and Linux in general. After installing Ubuntu and updating it without any problems, I installed the latest NVIDIA drivers for my graphics card. I restarted the computer and was taken to a black/blank screen. This is where I am stuck. I cannot do anything. That includes opening the terminal (or console... I'm not quite sure what the difference is).

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Try the following:

  • Boot your PC
  • If GRUB doesn't show up on it's own:
    • While booting, press Ctrl+Alt+Del
  • Enter Recovery mode of your Ubuntu via GRUB (advanced options)
  • Select root shell with networking (netroot) and type the following command: mount -o remount,rw / This will give you rw-access to your FS.
  • Remove installed graphics driver
  • Type and execute apt-get install nvidia-current
  • reboot
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Thanks for your detailed answer. I followed your instructions, but when I typed "dpkg-reconfigure nvidia-current," I received a message along the lines of "nvidia-current not installed." I decided to reboot anyway, but I still ran into the same crash issue. I restarted the computer again and tried to retrace your steps, but now I'm unable to enter the GRUB interface. Pressing "ctrl+alt+esc" just writes "^[^[" on the blank screen with the flashing underscore. If I press "ctrl+alt+esc" on the "Ubuntu 12.04" loading screen it adds "^[^[" after the four periods. – Ryan Buss Jan 23 '14 at 22:25
What nVidia driver are you using? – the_Seppi Jan 23 '14 at 22:27
It was nVidia driver version 319. The card is a Geforce 9400gt if that helps. – Ryan Buss Jan 23 '14 at 22:35
Where did you get this driver from? Did you use apt-get install nvidia-current? – the_Seppi Jan 23 '14 at 22:40
The driver management program "jockey-gtk" compiled a list of drivers and I chose the recommended one to install. – Ryan Buss Jan 23 '14 at 22:44

This also happened to me today using Kubuntu 14.04 after installing the latest nvidia driver.

To solve it, simply access via recovery mode and get into command prompt. Then run the following commands:

mount -o remount,rw /
apt-get purge nvidia*

Then, reboot back to normal.

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