Recently I installed Ubuntu 11.04 (32 bit) on my Core i5 750 with a GeForce 210 graphics card.

Unfortunately, it installs the nVidia drivers automatically, without any prompt (unlike in earlier versions).
This of causes a reboot to a command line shell.
I can't even "reinstall", as the install mechanism itself brings the driver on-board my system.

How could I fix this?

  • so, how about uninstalling the nvidia drivers and removing your xorg.conf file? there are also notes on blacklist'ing nouveau out there -- is that what you are really looking for? – nik Jun 26 '11 at 12:11
  • Which drivers are installed? Proprietary or free? I can't imagine it would automatically install proprietary drivers. – dv3500ea Jun 26 '11 at 13:10
  • why 32-bit? why not 64? – Alvar Jun 26 '11 at 13:24
  • @nik: I'm looking for the system to work - as to how, I couldn't care less. – David דוד Jun 26 '11 at 14:20
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    possible duplicate of Remove nVidia driver and go back to Nouveau – Tom Brossman Aug 21 '13 at 6:33
  • When booting the system, press and hold the Shift key to make the GRUB menu appear.
  • In the GRUB menu select the (recovery mode) entry and let the system boot.
  • You will be presented with another menu, scroll down and select Drop to root shell prompt.
  • Recovery Console must first be made Read/Write.
  • Run the following commands:

    mount -n -o remount,rw /
    apt-get purge nvidia-current
    rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    reboot now

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