I tried switching graphics drivers from 317 to 304(post-release) because it kept crashing when I wanted to move my monitor's display to the other side of the laptop display (using NVIDIA Settings)

Now Ubuntu won't boot at all. It just crashes and leaves a blinking cursor but I can't type anything.

I want to switch the graphics driver back to the old one using recovery mode or the Ubuntu install disk so I can boot again. How can I do this?


I figured it out

From recovery mode, select networking. That will also mount the disk

Then I can enter a root shell and

apt-get remove --purge nvidia*

After rebooting, I was able to

sudo apt-get install nvidia-current

And that one seems to work fine.

  • worked for ubuntu 14.04. Thank you <3 – themhz Jan 21 '14 at 19:27
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  • Worked for 16.04. Thanks – Isura Manchanayake Jun 4 at 6:19

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