Ok, so I decided to install more recent drivers because I started experiencing some crashes with Rust. Don't think it's related, but that's the first thing I would do in windows.

So, I found out how to exit X and install it there, did it and it all looked fine. Went through the prompts, accepted everything and then restarted.

Now, every time I boot, I get past grub and then I get a black screen with a flashing dash.

I can get to recovery mode, but I don't know what to do there.

Pls help.

marked as duplicate by bain, Wilf, Panther, Eliah Kagan, Braiam Jul 30 '14 at 1:00

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Which drivers did you install and how?

You can take a look at How to change proprietary video driver using the command line? and Problem with Nvidia driver 331.20 on ubuntu 13.10 (64bit)


sudo /etc/init.d/lightdm stop

sudo modprobe nvidia-331

sudo /etc/init.d/lightdm start

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    It was the 331.38 driver, the latest one. I can't do any of those things since I can only access the recovery mode terminal and for some reason there isn't much I can do there. – natkoui Feb 7 '14 at 16:35
  • I reinstalled ubuntu, tried your way and the same thing happened. Basically, installing new drivers makes my ubuntu installation unusable. Go figure. I guess I'll just give up and forever be on 319 drivers. Thanks for your help though – natkoui Feb 7 '14 at 18:55
  • I had a similar issue with nvidia-331 drivers from xorg-edgers caused by the bumblebee package that black listed the nvidia-331 kernel module. sudo apt-get remove bumblebee resolved my problem. Check if you have that package installed and eventually remove it. – Lorenzo Feb 8 '14 at 8:55

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