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    Help... How to uninstall nvidia driver in Terminal only

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    Linux Mint 8 Noob question:

    So everything was runngin beautifully.... and then i was poking around some settings and i decided to download the nVidia driver for my graphics card since none was installed. It prompted me to restart to instanll driver, so i did. And when login screen comes up the monitor shuts off (assumuming that is the time the driver is turned on...) I can run in recovery mode but that is just terminal only.... So my question is how do i "roll back" the driver to the original one pre existing on Linux mint through the command prompts only in recovery mode or root??????

    I cant even find a nvidai directory..... aahhhhhhhhhh!!!!!

    Specs: Dell C840, 2.4 GHz CPU, 1GB Ram, 60 GB HDD, Geforce 4400, Intel internal mini pci wireless card, Linux Mint 8
    Last edited by merc1973; March 18th, 2010 at 09:16 PM.

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    Re: Help... How to uninstall nvidia driver in Terminal only

    Code:
    sudo rmmod nvidia
    will remove the driver module from the kernel

    If you are using an xorg.conf (/etc/X11/xorg.conf),

    change Driver "nvidia"

    to Driver "nv"
    in the Section "Device"

    Code:
    sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf

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    Re: Help... How to uninstall nvidia driver in Terminal only

    Quote Originally Posted by patchwork View Post
    Code:
    sudo rmmod nvidia
    will remove the driver module from the kernel

    If you are using an xorg.conf (/etc/X11/xorg.conf),

    change Driver "nvidia"

    to Driver "nv"
    in the Section "Device"

    Code:
    sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf

    Tried the first code and did not show any results of removing any files.

    Sorry, I'. not quite sure what or if i used an xorg configuration????

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    Re: Help... How to uninstall nvidia driver in Terminal only

    Quote Originally Posted by patchwork View Post
    Code:
    sudo rmmod nvidia
    will remove the driver module from the kernel

    If you are using an xorg.conf (/etc/X11/xorg.conf),

    change Driver "nvidia"

    to Driver "nv"
    in the Section "Device"

    Code:
    sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf

    OK, so I'm in /etc/x11/xorg.conf, (GNU nano 2.0.9) what do i do next?

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    Re: Help... How to uninstall nvidia driver in Terminal only

    OK, so I'm in /etc/x11/xorg.conf, (GNU nano 2.0.9) what do i do next?
    First, make sure that it is /etc/X11/xorg.conf (case-sensitive).

    If it is populated (there are entries), go to

    Section "Device"

    and change

    Driver "nvidia"

    to

    Drvier "nv"

    If the document is blank, you don't need to change or add anything.

    Just to check what driver is loaded, you can run

    Code:
    lsmod
    If you see nvidia in the list, the proprietary nvidia driver is still loaded (it should not be after using the rmmod command in the previous post)

    If you see nv in the list, that's a good thing. (It's the default open source driver for Nvidia video cards).

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    Re: Help... How to uninstall nvidia driver in Terminal only

    Quote Originally Posted by patchwork View Post
    First, make sure that it is /etc/X11/xorg.conf (case-sensitive).

    If it is populated (there are entries), go to

    Section "Device"

    and change

    Driver "nvidia"

    to

    Drvier "nv"

    If the document is blank, you don't need to change or add anything.


    Just to check what driver is loaded, you can run

    Code:
    lsmod
    If you see nvidia in the list, the proprietary nvidia driver is still loaded (it should not be after using the rmmod command in the previous post)

    If you see nv in the list, that's a good thing. (It's the default open source driver for Nvidia video cards).




    I am such a Dumb*ss... I had no idea it was case sensitive.... Thank you all so very much! followed it perfectly and changed to "nv"... typical noob i guess.....

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    Re: Help... How to uninstall nvidia driver in Terminal only

    Quote Originally Posted by patchwork View Post
    Code:
    sudo rmmod nvidia
    will remove the driver module from the kernel

    If you are using an xorg.conf (/etc/X11/xorg.conf),

    change Driver "nvidia"

    to Driver "nv"
    in the Section "Device"

    Code:
    sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf


    When I Type sudo rmmod nvidia and hit enter, it tells Module nvidia is in use..
    what's the solution for it

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    Re: Help... How to uninstall nvidia driver in Terminal only

    Quote Originally Posted by krishnasarswat View Post
    When I Type sudo rmmod nvidia and hit enter, it tells Module nvidia is in use..
    what's the solution for it
    Restart your computer and go to the recovery version of Ubuntu. Look for netboot(?) and use the command from there.

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