I recently followed this guide by TensorFlow/Google on how to install all needed drivers/libraries in order to use Tensorflow with my GPU. That is a NVIDIA 1080Ti running on Ubuntu 18.04. In before, I was using the proprietary 430 (I think) driver, that gets automatically managed by Ubuntu.

After executing the following commands:

# Add NVIDIA package repositories
wget     https://developer.download.nvidia.com/compute/cuda/repos/ubuntu1804/x86_64/cuda-repo-ubuntu1804_10.0.130-1_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i cuda-repo-ubuntu1804_10.0.130-1_amd64.deb
sudo apt-key adv --fetch-keys     https://developer.download.nvidia.com/compute/cuda/repos/ubuntu1804/x86_64/7fa2af80.pub
sudo apt-get update
wget http://developer.download.nvidia.com/compute/machine-learning/repos/ubuntu1804/x86_64/nvidia-machine-learning-repo-ubuntu1804_1.0.0-1_amd64.deb
sudo apt install ./nvidia-machine-learning-repo-ubuntu1804_1.0.0-1_amd64.deb
sudo apt-get update

# Install NVIDIA driver
sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends nvidia-driver-410
# Reboot. Check that GPUs are visible using the command: nvidia-smi

and rebooting, I am faced with the following situation:
Ubuntu always freezes on Startup, with no mouse movement/keyboard presses being accepted. Although my auto-login works (and the time in the top bar gets synchronised correctly), I am not able to do anything thereafter.

What I tried:

  • I was able to get into recovery mode with networking. There, I installed the nvidia-driver-430 package and auto-removed all older NVIDIA drivers. However, I am still faced with the exact same problem.
  • Adding nomodeset into the kernel options does not resolve the problem either (Ubuntu still freezes on startup).

My question: How can I stop Ubuntu from freezing?

Edit: This is not a duplicate of this question or this question because

  • nomodeset didn‘t work
  • I thus had to operate in recovery mode
  • Ctrl+Alt+F1 didn‘t work
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    @EODCraftStaff I don‘t think that I could have found a solution from that post though Jun 6, 2019 at 21:08
  • That is a very long all-encompassing Post isn't it? Jun 6, 2019 at 21:09
  • This comes closer to answering my question. My problem is different though because I had to operate in recovery mode (as mentioned in my question) Jun 6, 2019 at 21:12

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I was able to fix the problem by removing the NVIDIA drivers while in recovery mode.
Run the following commands in recovery mode:

# Enable networking and check for updates
sudo service network-manager start 
sudo apt update
# Reinstall Ubuntu-Desktop, install unity
sudo apt install --reinstall ubuntu-desktop
# Remove NVIDIA
sudo apt remove --purge nvidia-driver-<YOUR NUMBER HERE>
# Reboot
sudo shutdown -r now

Afterwards you can use the standard Terminal and run sudo apt install nvidia-driver-<YOUR NUMBER HERE> in order to reinstall your NVIDIA driver


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