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Saturday, November 5, 2016

[SOLVED] - Problem after Updating NVIDIA Drivers in Dell 5558 Laptop using Ubuntu 14.04

Today I was recommended to update my NVIDIA drivers to its latest version nvidia-graphics-drivers-367 package. Once I updated and rebooted my Dell 5558 laptop, using Ubuntu 14.04 I experienced a blank login screen. After some Google searching I found out that probably the Unity Service had failed to load because of driver incompatibility issue.

So the solution I figured out was to switch to terminal from the blank login screen; where I was unable to see nothing. Press CTRL+ALT+F2 to switch to Terminal. Then log into your account and hit the following command to remove the NVIDIA drivers completely from your system:

 sudo apt-get remove --purge nvidia-*  

You should be getting a message as displayed in the image below:

Confirm by pressing 'y or Y' to delete.

Once deleted restart your computer and install the compatible driver version.

In my case I had TimeShift installed which is a software that allows feature just like Windows Restore through which I restored my computer to the state just before it was updated.

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