After installing ubuntu 18.10 I get the loading splash screen followed by a black screen and a blinking cursor. I believe it's because the latest nvidia drivers (418.43) that are needed for the 1660ti haven't been added to the repro yet and need to be manually installed.

When I tried Mint 19.1 I could get to the desktop and there was a warning message about the DE running in software mode. However, I was unable to install nvidia-settings because of some missing dependencies and then dpkg problems.

How can I get Ubuntu to boot into the DE so I can download and install the driver manually?



  1. Boot into Recovery Mode from the GRUB menu. Get to the root prompt and install the Nvidia driver from there.

  2. At the GRUB menu, hit the e key to enter edit mode. Find "quiet splash" and change it to "quiet splash nomodeset", then control-x to continue booting. The screen resolution will be off.

  3. Then (re)install the correct/latest Nvidia driver for your card.

  4. reboot

  • Sry, it's OK. I thought about adding it to the grub file. – Pilot6 Mar 3 at 15:03
  • @Pilot6 sounds like somebody needs another cup of coffee :-) – heynnema Mar 3 at 15:03
  • Exactly. I am falling asleep. I am going for a coffee. – Pilot6 Mar 3 at 15:04
  • I was having a similar issue with a new P4000 nvidia card. After installing the nvidia (any version) driver, the boot process got stuck in the initial purple screen. Adding "nomodeset" to the boot line in Grub seems to have fixed the problem. Thanks! – MBaz Mar 8 at 17:06
  • @MBaz nomodeset is not a fix, but a way to get things booted enough where you can fix the real problem... which is with the Nvidia driver. – heynnema Mar 8 at 17:08

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