I'm sure that this has been asked before. I'm not completely new to Ubuntu, I started with 9.04, but I stopped using it for a long time, and am currently Dual-Booting 11.10 alongside Windows 7 on my laptop.

I wanted to enable the Compiz effects, but Ubuntu was not recognizing my graphics card (nVidia GeForce 525M) so I thought maybe updating the driver would help. I Ctrl+Alt+F1 entered TTY mode, and I did the following:

sudo service lightdm stop
cd ~/Downloads
sudo sh ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-290.10.run

and then I went through the setup for the nVidia driver. It said it installed correctly, so I restarted my laptop through Ctrl+Alt+Delete, and then when I went to load Ubuntu, it loaded in TTY mode.

I can't seem to figure out how to get back to the User Interface for Ubuntu.

Anyone who could help me out, it would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Log in as your user, then try running sudo nvida-xconfig . Then sudo service lightdm start – Panther Dec 10 '11 at 1:05
  • Doing that brought up this screen link Which coincidentally is the screen that Ubuntu actually loads to when I choose it at the boot manager. Sorry if that is misleading from my original post – Matt Miller Dec 10 '11 at 1:25
  • Bad news - According to the Nvidia Linux Forums, there is no support for your card in Linux. nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=161471 I did not find any solution and I can not test your hardware. If the nouveau driver (the default driver) does not work you can file a bug against it in Launchpad. You can try filing a bug report with Nvidia as well. – Panther Dec 10 '11 at 5:51
  • Oh, great. That sucks. I'll just have to reinstall Ubuntu to fix my TTY issue then. Thanks for checking that. I appreciate it. – Matt Miller Dec 10 '11 at 17:53

The same thing happened to me and I had to reinstall Ubuntu :( I don't know why it does it but I think the only thing you can do is reinstall. However someone correct me if I'm wrong

  • I installed Ubuntu through Windows 7 using Wubi just as a precursor, because I had a feeling something would happen lol. I did it mostly for last resort. I will wait and see if anyone else has a way to fix it, and then leave unistall/reinstall to the end. Did you also have issues with the wireless not working? Mine fails to turn on, when I go into the settings, I turn wireless on, and it immediately turns itself off. I can connect through Wicd, but I cannot install any software, because Ubuntu thinks I'm not online. – Matt Miller Dec 10 '11 at 2:24
  • I did the exact same thing and installed through Windows 7 and I do have wireless problems but only after I wake my computer up from sleeping. – Jakehero Dec 10 '11 at 2:29
  • I've had wireless problems since I installed it. The only way to install any programs is to go wired. – Matt Miller Dec 10 '11 at 2:50
  • if reinstalling fixed it then mark my answer as the right one that way people know it's what they have to do. – Jakehero Dec 13 '11 at 21:19

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