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I installed nvidia proprietary driver (331.38 on ubuntu 14.04 by sudo apt-get install nvidia-331) and now the Ubuntu load screen is with a bad resolution (640x480). I followed some recommendations from previous questions but I can not increase the resolution. I would like to return to 1920x1080 resolution.

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just remove xorg.conf file by running sudo rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf – Avinash Raj Apr 18 '14 at 17:46
this file do not exists in ubuntu 14.04. – Márcio Apr 18 '14 at 21:22
try nvidia-current instead of nvidia-331 – the_Seppi Apr 18 '14 at 22:10

I had this problem a few days ago, removing the xorg.conf created by Nvidia seems to fix the problem. Execute the commands below after pressing CTRL+ALT+F1 on GDM screen or within GNOME.

sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.old
sudo touch /etc/X11/xorg.conf
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lifesaver. I actually found /etc/X11/xorg.conf.failsafe and copied that over to xorg.conf – Jacob Minshall Feb 18 at 19:37

When I did that on my xps 15 (optimus gt 540) the screen was blank, So I removed the drivers (sudo apt-get remove --purge nvidia-*) and then reinstalled ubuntu-desktop, then the resolution was fine.

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I need the nvidia drivers to use Steam and another things. The resolution problem occurs only in the load screen (Ubuntu .... screen), after load the resolution of all becomes normal (but the load screen is ugly). – Márcio Apr 18 '14 at 21:28

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