Ubuntu – How to remove Nvidia’s proprietary drivers?


I always seem to have grief with Nvidia drivers and have often had to re-install Ubuntu: is there a better way to remove them? When I first installed the drivers, the display came up on 640 by 480. I managed to set 2 screens to 1024 by 780 which was usable, but then Ubuntu recommended installing proprietary drivers (nvidia-current-updates 295.40-ubuntu1). After doing this and re-booting it shows LAPTOP and offers only 640 by 480 on a single screen.

  1. Is there any way to revert to the original driver?
  2. Is there any way to find out if the new drivers work before installing them? – For years I have been hoping that it would be all fixed in the latest releaseā€¦ I always seem to fall for this!

Best Answer

  • sudo apt-get purge nvidia-current

    If you type that into the terminal, it will remove the propriatry drivers and go back to the stock drivers. I was having a similar issue and reformed the other day to figure out that the issues seem to be from the latest propriatary drivers. Once I uninstalled it and rebooted, everything was back to normal. Hope it helps!

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