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Thread: Need to uninstall an NVIDIA driver, but which one?

  1. #11
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    Re: Need to uninstall an NVIDIA driver, but which one?

    This should purge everything. Then you install the correct one.

    If you have installed any version, you must purge first, old will conflict with new as new install does not overwrite old version. (post #9) And looking at nVidia site for your model, you should not even have that new of a driver. It should be in the 390.xx series.
    sudo apt-get remove --purge nvidia-*
    sudo apt-get purge nvidia* bumblebee primus bbswitch-dkms
    This may not exist, so if error that would be ok
    sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.backup
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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  2. #12
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    Re: Need to uninstall an NVIDIA driver, but which one?

    The way the current drivers are packaged to completely remove I'd go
    sudo apt purge nvidia*
    sudo apt autoremove

    (some may want to 1st simulate the autoremove if not inclined to read output before hitting y or enter..
    sudo apt -s autoremove

  3. #13
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    Re: Need to uninstall an NVIDIA driver, but which one?

    I couldn't wait any longer to resolve this, so I blew away all of the NVIDIA drivers and started over. I had to get my system back in usable condition.

    That is not an optimal solution. I know the problem will come up again -- in fact, as I write this, it already has come up once -- and I want a solution that does not force me to wipe the slate clean every time.

    The remaining bit of this puzzle should not be hard for an experienced person to fill in: how to translate the stuff that dkms displays into package names?

    It seems to me that we've all spent too much time on this problem to abandon it one step short of the solution!

  4. #14
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    Re: Need to uninstall an NVIDIA driver, but which one?

    Since you are in the process of radical solutions: Have you considered a clean install of 19.10 using only the default drivers?
    Bringing old hardware back to life. About problems due to upgrading.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts.
    Don't use this space for a list of your hardware. It only creates false hits in the search engines.

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