So I did the stupid thing of clicking install on an ubuntu updates pop up. which as it always does broke my graphics drivers and stopped it booting.
I ran sudo apt-get purge nvidia* which gave me the lovely situation where only one of my 1080p monitors runs at a proper resolution. I've unplugged the monitor that doesn't want to run because that seemed like an easier solution. At least the computer boots up. Atm it isn't using any nvidia driver based on game performance at least.
But Running ubuntu-drivers devices says:
== /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:01.0/0000:01:00.0 == modalias : pci:v000010DEd000013C2sv00001458sd00003683bc03sc00i00 vendor : NVIDIA Corporation model : GM204 [GeForce GTX 970] manual_install: True driver : nvidia-driver-390 - distro non-free recommended driver : xserver-xorg-video-nouveau - distro free builtin
but the nvidia uninstall log says:
nvidia-installer log file '/var/log/nvidia-uninstall.log' creation time: Wed Mar 6 17:17:37 2019 installer version: 390.77
nvidia-installer command line: ./nvidia-installer --uninstall
Unable to load: nvidia-installer ncurses v6 user interface
Using: nvidia-installer ncurses user interface -> Detected 8 CPUs online; setting concurrency level to 8. -> There is no NVIDIA driver currently installed.
I can't uninstall the manually installed driver by running the run file with --uninstall because I don't know where it is / if it exists. And downloading the driver and running --uninstall doesn't work because it can't find the driver. So how do I remove this driver if it exists / tell ubuntu it doesn't exist.
As I feel like it needs to be removed before I can install a new one, but idek any more.
Thanks in advance. hope I'm not being stupid