View Full Version : [ubuntu] How do I remove Driver? (screen freezes during bootup)

May 15th, 2008, 06:58 PM

I made the mistake of installing the 'restricted driver' Hardy offered me. This causes the screen to freeze during bootup so I cant get into the OS to remove it, Any ideas on how to remove it without having to reinstall Hardy (again)!



May 15th, 2008, 07:05 PM
Guessing here: When you boot, choose recovery mode. You should get the option to run terminal mode instead of GUI.

Once you have logged in you should be able to reconfigure x windows. There is probably a handy way to do this that someone else knows. I have manually edited /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Once reconfigured you can start X again via: startx

Another option, remove the driver via aptitude. For example, if the driver is for ATI then:

sudo apt-get remove xorg-driver-fglrx

Or run "sudo aptitude" to get access to all installed packages. Use "/" to enter search mode and type "restricted". + will add packages, - removes them. "G" go'es and changes the packages you marked.

Good luck,

May 15th, 2008, 07:11 PM
Once reconfigured you can start X again via: startx

Don't startx from the single-user root shell! Better restart your computer in normal mode with

shutdown -r now