I just installed the newest kernel 3.13.0-33 and after a reboot the computer won't boot further than the plymouth screen. Normally, the mouse cursor would apear and my second monitor would show that it has a signal, but neither happened with the new kernel.

I managed to select the last kernel version 3.13.0-32 in grub so I could boot again.
Is there a way to remove the newly installed kernel or to select 3.13.0-32 as the default one so I don't have to select it everytime I boot? Do you have an idea why it doesn't work?


ASRock B75 Pro3-M
Intel® Core™ i5-3570K CPU @ 3.40GHz × 4
GeForce GTX 660/PCIe/SSE2


Open Terminal and Type :- dpkg --list | grep linux-image After this It will show all linux kernels installed in your system.

Now type :- sudo apt-get purge linux-image-x.x.x.x-generic Replace x.x.x.- With the kernel you want to remove


 sudo apt-get purge linux-image-3.13.0-33-generic

After Deleting kernel Type :- sudo update-grub and reboot

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  • The update-grub part was the one I was missing. Thank you! – jnuk Aug 12 '14 at 15:30
  • @jnuk if you have dual boot update woes you have GRUB installed – Ashu_FalcoN Aug 12 '14 at 15:33


sudo apt-get purge linux-image-3.13.0-33-generic

to remove newly installed kernel.

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  • Is it safe to remove all of the following packages? linux-generic* linux-image-3.13.0-33-generic* linux-image-extra-3.13.0-33-generic* linux-image-generic* – jnuk Aug 12 '14 at 14:45
  • yes but update the kernel on your device first , then remove old version – Hany Alsamman Aug 12 '14 at 14:52
  • you can check the old version of kernels by dpkg -l | grep linux-image – Hany Alsamman Aug 12 '14 at 14:53
  • @HanyAlsamman I don't want to remove the older versions, but the newest one. And linux-generic linux-image-generic seem pretty important to me... Are you sure it's safe to remove them? – jnuk Aug 12 '14 at 15:08
  • While you can go into Synaptic, search for all the bits and pieces of previous kernels, and mark them for removal, here is a much easier method – Hany Alsamman Aug 12 '14 at 15:14

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