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April 24th, 2013, 01:18 AM
I just installed Ubuntu, and installed the recommended Nvidia drivers that popped up. Then, when I rebooted, I choose Ubuntu in Grub, then it shows me a black screen with a flashing small horizontal line, it stays that way for a few seconds, then it flashes some quick text I can't read. Then it goes back to just flashing that little line indefinitely. Any idea what I can do about this?

It's Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit.

SOLVED: I just deleted the partitions and reinstalled Ubuntu.

April 24th, 2013, 07:05 AM
Hello thenewasbo,

I'm presently running 13.04, but I've used 12.04 recently enough to recall that happening to me.

Reboot and when you come to the grub menu, select "Advanced Options for Ubuntu."
Then select Recovery Mode.
After that, select "fsck Check all file systems - " (this will remount your file systems in read-write mode).
Next, select "root Drop to root shell prompt.)
At the root shell prompt, type apt-get purge nvidia.
At the next root shell prompt, type reboot.

You should be good.

April 25th, 2013, 01:00 AM
"ata_id[159]: HDIO_get_IDentity_ failed for 'dev/sdb' : invalid argument" is the error I get now. it says acpid: exiting and some text follows when I hit the power button to stop the flashing white line. Is there any way to reinstall it? Can I just delete the two partitions that Ubuntu is on?

April 25th, 2013, 10:41 PM
I jsut happened to run across this, in http://askubuntu.com/questions/202677/nvidia-driver-doesnt-work-in-12-10. I realize that you're using 12.04, but it may still help to restore the original desktop you had before installing the proprietary driver.

For all of you in this situation (like I was) there is a easy solution:
1- After logged in the session (only wallpaper seems to appear and bad resolution), right click and click on change wallpaper. Then click up in the left in Show all configurations (my system is in Spanish so maybe the label names are subtly different), then Software sources and finally you just need to change back to X.Org Nouveau.
2- After applying the changes press Ctrl+Alt+T to open a terminal and type "sudo reboot". After this the system should be working properly again.
3- Now lets try lo install the NVIDIA drivers again. Open a new terminal and type "sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic" to install the meta package, not a specific version which is a better approach.
4- Go to system configuration panel and in the software sources select the NVIDIA driver you prefer (I normally prefer to use the privative tested one but it is only my preference).

In the same thread (response #29), regarding the installation of NVIDIA drivers:

Before switching to the nvidia drivers you need to install linux-source and linux-headers (see bug 1068341 (https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/nvidia-graphics-drivers-updates/+bug/1068341)). After the source is installed, try switching to the nvidia drivers.
Here is how:
Before you start, install all updates (and reboot the computer, if you are told to).

Switch to a terminal (Ctrl-Alt-F1).
Login as your username.
Install linux source (sudo apt-get install linux-source) and headers (sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic).
Uninstall nvidia driver - this depends on which version you installed (sudo apt-get remove nvidia-current or sudo apt-get remove nvidia-current-updates or sudo apt-get remove nvidia-experimental-304).
Reinstall nvidia driver (sudo apt-get install nvidia-current-updates).
If it successfully installs, restart the computer (sudo shutdown -r now).

More In-depth How-to

The following link gives a more in-depth overview on how to handle the nvidia driver. It should be applicable to more cases, that are similar, but not exactly the same as the one described here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BinaryDriverHowto/Nvidia (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BinaryDriverHowto/Nvidia)