Using information from here: link to info about installing Nvidia drivers
I installed an Nvidia driver. I have Ubuntu 16.04 and the Nvidia GT 710. I believe this video card was a new model around early 2016 and made to target older desktops or small form factors. I put it into an old server.
nvidia-304 because it is for the 7 series and it was built 4 days ago. It doesn't work because the login dialog performs an infinite loop.
The infinite loop is as follows:
display login dialog... type password... screen goes black... display login dialog... etc.
This is what I did:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade sudo apt-get purge nvidia* sudo apt-get install nvidia-304
I also tried
sudo apt-get install nvidia-current and
sudo apt-get install nvidia-340 and
sudo apt-get install nvidia-367 and
sudo apt-get install nvidia-370 and
sudo apt-get install nvidia-375
but they have the same problem.
I've read that it is wrong to download and use the
*.run file from Nvidia so I didn't do that.
I have read the
~/.Xauthority file might have incorrect ownership leading to an inability to login but I checked ownership and it is my user name not the root.
There is also the suggestion at this link to
Ctrl-Alt-F1 in order to do this:
sudo mv ~/.Xauthority ~/.Xauthority.backup sudo service lightdm restart
Ctrl-Alt-F1 does not seem to produce a command line interface for me.
What is the solution?