If my Ubuntu 16.04 pc fails to boot due to a graphics driver issue, will it do something different on the next boot, such as trying to boot without the drivers?

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    No, it won't auto-repair. If booted again the same way, it'll fail the same way. You can make changes to begin to work around a failure though... like doing a fsck or uninstalling bad drivers, etc. – heynnema Dec 29 '16 at 0:57
  • Generally when a graphics driver fails you change the grub kernel parameter to nomodset and if that doesn't work then to text... These are generalities and it depends on the graphics card and the exact problem. Luckily I've never had one so I'm just going on what I've read on this site. – WinEunuuchs2Unix Dec 29 '16 at 1:40
  • Do you know why my machine might consistently alternate between boot failure and boot success then? – Ginger Dec 29 '16 at 7:52
  • ah... you didn't tell us that before... when you have a boot failure, exactly what happens, when, and what do you see on your screen? Do you know how to check the syslog for errors? – heynnema Dec 29 '16 at 16:18
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    OK, I've posted an answer showing you how to check your file system for errors. Make sure to start new comments with @heynnema if you want my attention, or I may miss the comment. – heynnema Dec 30 '16 at 15:55

To perform a file system check...

  • boot to the GRUB menu
  • choose Advanced Options
  • choose Recovery Mode
  • choose root access
  • type sudo fsck -f /
  • run fsck more than once if there were errors
  • type reboot

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