Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Change video driver from 'rescue' USB

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Reading, UK
    Beans
    21
    Distro
    Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver

    Change video driver from 'rescue' USB

    A few weeks ago I installed a new GEFORCE GT 730 graphics card and I also installed the 'Recommended' NVIDIA driver.

    This was fine until yesterday, when I added a second monitor to the system. The display on the second monitor was not correct, it 'overfilled' the screen. At this point an evil maggot in my brain told me to try a different driver, which I did. The result of doing this was the complete loss of picture on both screens, the booting process stalled, apparently at a memory check.

    Fortunately I had rescue system installer on a USB stick and using this it was possible to live boot the machine. My problem now is how to use the 'live' system to change the driver settings back to how they were before (I can live with one monitor for the time being). I wonder if there is a config file I can edit to do this? Failing that any suggestions or pointers to a solution would be greatly appreciated.

    Ubuntu 18.04

    Nick.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Galiza
    Beans
    1,559
    Distro
    Ubuntu

    Re: Change video driver from 'rescue' USB

    Some of us would appreciate elaborating on the second paragraph (I know I would)

    Please describe what you did to change the driver and to which one. And please clarify what happens when you try to boot normally (not the Live USB), how far it goes...

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Sunny Southend-on-Sea
    Beans
    7,611
    Distro
    Kubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver

    Re: Change video driver from 'rescue' USB

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Hopton View Post
    My problem now is how to use the 'live' system to change the driver settings back to how they were before (I can live with one monitor for the time being).
    The process is pretty straightforward. You'd boot your live system, then you'd mount your installed system's partition. Then you'd use chroot to say that / is that partition's mount point, so any commands that you run would be done as if you were running them on your normal install. Then you'd uninstall whichever incorrect driver you'd installed, and potentially reinstall the correct one.

    We don't have enough information to help with the last step, as CelticWarrior says.
    None but ourselves can free our minds

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Reading, UK
    Beans
    21
    Distro
    Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver

    Re: Change video driver from 'rescue' USB

    In the first instance the Ubuntu driver installed automatically by default when I installed 18.04. In the second instance I used the GUI provided to install the 'Recommended' NVIDIA driver. Both worked, getting back to either would do nicely. I can't give you the details of the driver that's causing the problem, I didn't keep notes and of course the machine is currently 'operating in a mode of non-functionality' so I can't check that way. During booting the machine hangs at what appears to be a memory or file check of some kind.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Reading, UK
    Beans
    21
    Distro
    Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver

    Re: Change video driver from 'rescue' USB

    Booting fails with a flashing underscore cursor and this message on an otherwise black screen:

    /dev/sda1: clean, 719434/61054976 files, 96553187/244190208 blocks

    Then nothing!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Sunny Southend-on-Sea
    Beans
    7,611
    Distro
    Kubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver

    Re: Change video driver from 'rescue' USB

    That message is just information that the standard filesystem check has been done. It's not got anything to do with your graphics issue, it just happens to be the last message displayed before it starts the graphics system, which then fails because of the broken driver installation.

    Since you can't remember which one you had and which one you installed it's probably best to just purge all the nvidia stuff and then install just the one driver package. I'm sure either package would have been fine, but the presence of the first one prevented the installation of the second one; the nvidia driver doesn't switch cleanly between branches.

    Since your graphics card is still supported, you can just go for the highest-numbered branch you have available after you've purged all the nvidia stuff.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Reading, UK
    Beans
    21
    Distro
    Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver

    Re: Change video driver from 'rescue' USB

    Well yes, but the problem is that that the system isn't working, it won't boot. How would I do what you suggest from the 'live' system running from a USB stick?

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Sunny Southend-on-Sea
    Beans
    7,611
    Distro
    Kubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver

    Re: Change video driver from 'rescue' USB

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Hopton View Post
    Well yes, but the problem is that that the system isn't working, it won't boot. How would I do what you suggest from the 'live' system running from a USB stick?
    Chroot, as I said in my first post.

    There's plenty of information available on how to do package management from the command line.

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •