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    Recent update broke video

    I have been running 15.04 for a few weeks, and did a routine update a few days ago. Now my login screen is a useless mess--big black or white regions with random colored specks. I can ssh into the system okay, so I can run command-line actions, and if reinstalling is the only solution, it won't kill me. But I don't want to run into this again. How can I determine exactly what caused this, and how to prevent it from recurring? I don't even know what kind of graphics hardware I have, so some help in finding out that information via command line might be useful. The hardware is a Dell Inspiron 531.

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    Re: Recent update broke video

    Open up your terminal and run this command it will give you your graphic card details.

    Code:
     lspci | grep "VGA"
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    Re: Recent update broke video

    Thanks. So now I know that I have an NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GS, and that "grep -i nvidia /var/log/apt/history.log" returns nothing. Is there something else I should be looking for that relates to the display?

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    Re: Recent update broke video

    Had you previously installed nvidia proprietary drivers? If so - depending on the way you did it - breaking after a kernel update is to be expected.
    I won't comment further on the solutions because almost everything depends on your answer...
    Last edited by Vladlenin5000; 1 Week Ago at 06:33 AM. Reason: typo
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