I was trying to install the proprietary nvidia drivers for my optimus laptop. This resulted in my GUI disappearing, I can only see my desktop background (can still open terminal and right-click the desktop to get into options). I have followed lots of tutorials that don't result in any change. How can I switch back to the Nouveau drivers that are already installed? I have an nvidia 660m with optimus
One of the following should work:
sudo apt-get remove --purge nvidia-current sudo apt-get remove --purge nvidia-current-updates
Follow that with an
sudo apt-get autoremove
Plus, you may want to start afresh on your X configuration
sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.backup
If you are still having problems, could you please clarify which instructions you followed to install the nvidia drivers and what you tried so-far to remove them.
Ok, I found the solution to my problem. After going through all the driver changes that I did, the unity plugin became disabled in Compiz. To fix this, open a terminal, type ccsm to open Compiz, then enable the 'Ubuntu Unity Plugin' and disable all the conflicts and reboot. That seems to have fixed my problems. Turns out it was only loosely a driver problem after all.