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Thread: nvidia driver 313 breaks display

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2013

    nvidia driver 313 breaks display

    I wished to upgrade my video driver from 310 to 313. So, I went to "Software and Updates" and the "Additional Drivers" tab.
    I then selected the 313 driver.

    This broke my display. The system would boot, but when X started up, the display was black and unresponsive.
    I was able to drop down to a console prompt, and I used the following commands to remove driver 313:
    #dpkg --get-selections | grep nvidia
    #apt-get remove nvidia-313-updates

    This allowed me to get back to a GUI where I was able to select the original 310 drivers.

    However, what now seems to be happening is that X and my window manager will start successfully approximately every other boot.
    When it doesn't start correctly, if I do a hard reset (ouch), it will then start correctly.

    When I check the "Additional Drivers" tab, it shows the nvidia 310 drivers selected.

    I would appreciate your guidance in how to troubleshoot this.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2013

    Re: nvidia driver 313 breaks display

    Update: I found the answer here -

    I needed to do the following steps from a console:
    1. sudo apt-get --purge remove nvidia-current
    2. reboot
    3. Run the following commands:
    sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install nvidia-current nvidia-settings
    4. reboot

    I didn't use the "--purge" flag the first time. Perhaps that was the difference.


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