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Since Kernel 4.2.0-18 update none kernels work and I must set them in grub to 4.2.0-16, otherwise computer just doesn't work when I try to boot. It just stays at the login screen in lower resolution that the screen has. I can't log in with it. So I all the time set the default grub startup to Ubuntu with Kernel 4.2.0-16. When can I excpect to have working version or is it that I must do something myself to fix this issue? Thanks in advice!:)

[Specific Information]

  • Ubuntu Version: 15.10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel® Core™ i3-3240 CPU @ 3.40GHz × 4
  • GPU: GeForce GT 610/PCIe/SSE2
  • HDD: 485,8 GB
  • RAM: 5.8 GiB
  • /boot/grub/grub.cfg: http://www.pasteall.org/62765
  • uname -a: Linux user-desktop 4.2.0-16-generic #19-Ubuntu SMP Thu Oct 8 15:35:06 UTC 2015 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
  • /etc/default/grub: http://www.pasteall.org/62766
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    I have no clue what are you talking about honestly. Pls elaborate your question with some more specs and details so we can help you (i.e. your grub details, uname -a and so on). if the kernel ver is available in ubuntu repo it means it should work and if it doesn't that means you did something wrong on your own, not that the kernel doesn't work. so provide more info pls. thx – ostendali Dec 17 '15 at 12:57
  • I added the information you required. – Adrians Netlis Dec 17 '15 at 14:41
  • Are you using one of the alternate drivers for your graphics card? Can you try booting into one of the newer kernels using the nomodeset kernel option? – Charles Green Dec 17 '15 at 16:08
  • I am using the latest NVIDIA binary driver for my card(352.63). I don't know what is nomodeset. Is it something done through terminal? Is it safe for comuter? – Adrians Netlis Dec 17 '15 at 17:55
  • @karel I don't want to stop the updates, I want to fix them... – Adrians Netlis Dec 17 '15 at 17:56
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Step 1 - Install the new kernel 4.2.0-22

Highlight the Ubuntu entry in the GRUB boot menu and press the E key.
Add nouveau.modeset=0 to the end of the linux line - press F10 to boot.

On login screen press Ctrl+Alt+F1 - enter user name and password, then execute :

sudo apt-get update  
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade  
sudo reboot

Step 2 - Uninstall NVIDIA drivers 352

Highlight the Ubuntu entry in the GRUB boot menu and press the E key.
Add nouveau.modeset=0 to the end of the linux line - press F10 to boot.

On login screen press Ctrl+Alt+F1 - enter user name and password, then execute :

sudo apt-get purge nvidia*  
sudo reboot  

Step 3 - Install NVIDIA drivers 358

(latest official stable drivers 358.16)
Reference : Proprietary GPU Drivers

Highlight the Ubuntu entry in the GRUB boot menu and press the E key.
Add nouveau.modeset=0 to the end of the linux line - press F10 to boot.

On login screen press Ctrl+Alt+F1 - enter user name and password, then execute :

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nvidia-358
sudo reboot  

Note : In case it doesn't work with nouveau.modeset=0, replace this parameter with nomodeset. Graphics drivers often are the source for these kind of problems. NVIDIA fixes bugs and improves their drivers with every new release - 358 drivers entered the final stage on November, 20 / 2015.

Clarification :

NVIDIA provides graphics drivers through different channels. The long-lived branch delivers the current stable drivers which also are included in the official Ubuntu repositories. The short-lived branch intermediately delivers the latest official drivers with bug fixes and improvements. These drivers are distributed through the Proprietary GPU Drivers PPA and though they are stable, they are not officially tested on Ubuntu. This means, when you install them, you do it on your own risk.

Recommendation :

Generally you should use the drivers from the official Ubuntu repositories. When you encounter problems with these drivers - you can install the more current drivers from the GPU Drivers PPA. This often leads to properly working graphics, especially on very new NVIDIA GEFORCE adapters.

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  • hm... Will the ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa make no trouble when upgrading to 16.04? Is it safe to do purge nvidia*? Can't it make my screen black? – Adrians Netlis Dec 19 '15 at 12:28
  • @AdriansNetlis : When you want to upgrade to 16.04, you would have to remove the ppa before. However I recommend to perform a fresh install of the new Ubuntu LTS edition 16.04, because there will be many changes ... and purging the old nvidia drivers is safe, because you reinstall the new drivers afterwards. :) – cl-netbox Dec 19 '15 at 12:48
  • But during the new driver installation would I have any image on screen? I mean - there will not be any drivers installed at the moment, if I get it all right what I see. And what does it mean if modeset doesn't work? How to see that it is true? Also, I don't prefer LTS, I want there to be .10 versions installed aswell. And I've never performed fresh OS installs. I have no idea if I can break down my system accidently. I also have forgotten where I keep some specific important files. However, I'll have to do fresh install someday anyway, need to keep OS unpolluted... – Adrians Netlis Dec 19 '15 at 13:13
  • Please stop suggesting everyone to install beta Nvidia drivers. – Pilot6 Dec 19 '15 at 13:29
  • I will not revoke the downvote. 358 are NOT "latest official stable drivers ". You make a lot of trouble by suggesting them everywhere. – Pilot6 Dec 19 '15 at 14:14

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