Ubuntu – PKCS#7 signature not signed with a trusted key problem, pc not booting graphically


My pc is not booting graphically because of the above mentioned error, and I'm no genius to run pc through terminal, so please help

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  • If you are a beginner, this is just about the toughest spot you can be in. This will help.

    I had this problem today after an update. I could see the XFCE desktop did try to start, but it was failing to launch the display manager (either gdm3 or lightdm failed). End result was Black Screen with that message you saw. I'll be shocked if your problem is not caused by proprietary drivers, probably Nvidia.

    I felt lucky to get out of this. When the Black Screen of Death happens, I was not able to get a terminal with Alt + Ctrl + F2. Old time Linux skills came in handy.

    In my case, it turned out that the Nvidia drivers were not signed in the expected way. I found posts about corrections proposed for kernel, but I was happy to just get rid of Nvidia drivers so the computer might start. I'll run without them for a while.

    Here's what I did to fix. Use power button to restart. As the system is restarting, hit the Esc key over and over. Pay attention, stop hitting Esc as the small menu appears. If you accidentally hit escape there, you'll get bumped to grub menu and that's tough to navigate. I restarted a couple of times to hit Esc just at the right moments. You arrive at a menu with 3 lines. The 2nd line is Advanced Ubuntu Options, which is just choosing kernels or recovery modes. Cursor down to recovery mode, pick that, then another menu. I choose the "root" session. I do have a root password, I hope you do too. If you log in with password, you'll be root.

    List all files with Nvidia. Prompt will be pound sign.

    # dpkg -l | grep nvidia

    and then purge those files (whatever name) one by one

    # dpkg --purge  ???

    It may refuse because of dependencies, but keep trying.

    You probably won't have network access at that point, so apt-get installing things won't work.