How do I boot into a "Recovery mode" "fail-safeX" graphical session to troubleshoot graphics drivers with a desktop & mouse?

That way I can use a web browser & nice GUI tools to fix regular video drivers. (Nvidia, AMD, Intel).

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  • Start your computer,
    Wait until the BIOS has finished loading, or has almost finished.
    (During this time you will probably see a logo of your computer manufacturer.)

Quickly press and hold the Shift key (or Escape key on some computers), which will bring up the GNU GRUB menu.
(If you see the Ubuntu logo, you've missed the point where you can enter the GRUB menu.)

Grub menu

  1. Use the keys to navigate/highlight the entry with Recovery mode or advanced options (usually the second one) press Enter to continue booting into the Recovery Menu.

  2. from the recovery menu Select Resume normal boot & hit Enter twice. recovery menu recovery mode wiki

    now your'll be using the fail safe graphics drivers in a recovery session

use can use a Web browser & go to askubuntu.com for help fixing drivers !

  • 1
    This saved 3 hrs of my time. "failsafeX Run in failsafe graphics mode" no longer comes up on my GRUB, Lubuntu 20. "Resume Normal Boot" looked like a total lose with the NVidia Display Driver wiped out--I thought it would just reboot into a black screen again, huhn. The correct answer is unintuitive. Thank you much.
    – DragonLord
    Feb 1, 2023 at 2:25

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