Ubuntu – Update has caused the system to start in text mode

12.04systemupdates

Tonight My system informed me of an update, having preformed the update I was asked to restart the system. Now on start up I'm now presented with the linux console, asking for my user name and password. How do I get back my graphical interface back, when the update left conflicting versions of nVidia Graphics Drivers in place.

I get the error
ERROR API mismatch Nvidia Kernel is ver 304.48 but the driver component is 295.40
when attempting to start X from the console.

Best Answer

Your getting to the text console because X won't start. The easiest way to get it working again so you have a UI to work from is to run

sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /home/username/xorg.conf.backup
sudo apt-get remove nvidia-* sudo restart

When you come back up, everything should auto detect fine and you will get a basic GUI.

From that point your going to have to set back up your video card drivers. To do that:

sudo apt-get install nvidia-current
sudo restart

When you restart this time you should have a fully working GUI.