Ubuntu – Ubuntu hangs at purple screen – how to fix this

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When I try to boot Ubuntu (17.04), it just hangs at the purple screen. The only way to get out is to force my computer to shut down by holding the power button.

Other people have reported this problem in the past, but none of the solutions work for me. I take it they're either outdated, or there's something wrong with my installation preventing me from using them.

  • Previous answers will say to press CTRL+ALT+F1 to access a command line. This doesn't work for me. I am able to access a command line by pressing "c" on the grub menu, but it's a special "grub" command line and doesn't contain the usual sudo commands.
  • When I try recover mode, I don't have the "mount the disk as read/write" option. It just takes me to a command line which is different from the grub one, but still doesn't contain the usual sudo commands.

I don't know exactly what's causing the problem, but I recently installed the NVIDIA proprietary driver, and I hear drivers tend to cause problems like that. Ubuntu was able to boot fine before then.

In case it's important, I'm dual-booting with Windows 10, though I doubt that would make a difference.

EDIT: As requested, here are my specs according to the dxdiag feature in Windows. I'm still new to Linux so I don't know what information is relevant to it and what isn't.

  • System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.

  • System Model: Inspiron 17 7000 Series 7746

  • BIOS: A04

  • Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-5500U CPU @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.4GHz

  • Memory: 16384MB RAM


  • Card name: Intel(R) HD Graphics 5500

  • Manufacturer: Intel Corporation

  • Chip type: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family

  • DAC type: Internal

  • Device Type: Full Device

  • Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1616&SUBSYS_06921028&REV_09


  • Device Problem Code: No Problem

  • Driver Problem Code: Unknown

  • Display Memory: 8275 MB

  • Dedicated Memory: 128 MB

  • Shared Memory: 8147 MB


  • Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 845M

  • Manufacturer: NVIDIA

  • Chip type: GeForce 845M

  • DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC

  • Device Type: Render-Only Device

  • Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_1344&SUBSYS_06921028&REV_A2


  • Device Problem Code: No Problem

  • Driver Problem Code: Unknown

  • Display Memory: 10167 MB

  • Dedicated Memory: 2019 MB

  • Shared Memory: 8147 MB

I installed the proprietary driver through the option in the Unity GUI. I don't remember the exact steps, but it wasn't through the terminal. I waited until it finished downloading and shut down Ubuntu properly.

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