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Old 12-17-2016, 03:39 AM   #1
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Can't get proper display

So I haven't used my linux for a while(like 3-4 months) and I finally updated it. I donloaded newest nvidia driver aswell and afte installation I reebooted the pc and got just a black screen. I opened gui and typed "display" and got this as an output "display.im6:unable to open X server ' @error/display.c/DisplayImageaCommand/428." Any way to fix this? Btw I'm noob in linux.
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In order to get a useful answer to your question, you'll probably have to give more details, e.g. which distro (Mint, Ubuntu, Slackware, Arch), which version i.e. 11.0, 10.04, etc, any details that you recall regarding exactly what you did (updated graphics driver only, updated version or updated to new version and finally hardware details (model of graphics card). Usually you can interrupt the boot process at the grub prompt (if you are using grub, distro/version dependent) get a text console and fix the issue.
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That's a common problem with nvidia drivers. when it boots and you're stuck at the black screen switch to another tty terminal e.g. ctrl+alt+f1.

This should bring you to a text login screen go ahead and login then at the terminal type
 sudo apt-get remove --purge nvidia*
then reboot

Assuming you use apt as your package manager that is

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Old 12-18-2016, 06:19 AM   #4
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Thanks for your replies. I actually figured it out by myself already. I just did
sudo apt-get install nvidia-current
and that got me to some kind of recovery mode and then I just downloaded the latest nvidia driver manually since there was no open source versio yet.
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