This is for Ubuntu Hardy 8.0.4
I wanted to post this thread to list the steps I took to fix my NVIDIA driver.
I have a recently clean install of Ubuntu, when the updates (Oct 15, 2008) were installed today and I did the mandatory reboot Ubuntu entered low graphics mode. Here are the steps I took.
Rebooted into Live CD.
Change directory to my xconf file.
Looked for the line that had Driver and changed "nvidia" to "nv" so that I could boot into gnome.
After booting into Gnome
The driver is on my Desktop so...
sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop
Installed the NVIDIA driver again
chmod a+x NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-177.80-pkg2.run
I went thru the menus, clicking okay and yes on everything.
sudo sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-177.80-pkg2.run
Now everything works fine again.
sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start
My question is why did I have to re-install the driver? Was it because of a kernel update?
Also, is this the most efficient way to do this, or could I have accomplished this in a different way?
Thanks and/or hope this helps someone. (recent Windows convert like myself especially)