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black boot screen after installing video driver

Very often when you install a new video driver in your Linux Mint load desktop impossible. The user sees a black screen. I'll tell you how to return the system to a working state.

I am not going to repeat on how you need to choose a video driver to install it on your computer, it is written HERE

Once it so happened that after installing the proprietary drivers and restart the computer, have ended up with a black screen, do not worry. Without leaving the "black screen" make the deletion the driver from your favorite Linux Mint OS:
1. Log in to a virtual console by pressing Ctrl+Alt+F1.
2. After console login enter your username and password.
3. Run the command to uninstall the driver:
For Nvidia:

sudo apt-get remove nvidia-xxx

Note. Instead of xxx enter the version of the driver installed ( nvidia-340, nvidia-331, etc., which you have installed).
For AMD:

sudo apt-get remove fglrx*

4. After uninstalling the driver restart the computer with the command:

sudo reboot

After reboot the system should boot successfully on the free driver.
PS. Commands for use in virtual console you need to remember, and it is better to write down on a piece of paper, because copy nowhere will.
Good luck.

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  1. SpoliatoR
    SpoliatoR 27 December 2016 09:52
    Interest boot in safe mode....Then install video driver and Ctrl+Alt+F1 not work.
    What the parm grub to start without X ?
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    1. Shekin 27 December 2016 10:14
      As far as I know, in safe mode network not working, I have never been able to incorporate a network of safe mode.
      In safe mode you can remove the video driver, then boot the system and install the video driver.
      Ctrl+Alt+F1 is working under normal load .
      x64 Linux Mint 18.3 cinnamon
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  2. SpoliatoR
    SpoliatoR 27 December 2016 12:35
    In distro like Arch not safe boot...You need send boot parm in grub...Isn`t ?
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    1. Shekin 27 December 2016 12:38
      Unfortunately, I can't say anything about Arch these distributions. I just don't know.
      x64 Linux Mint 18.3 cinnamon
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      1. SpoliatoR
        SpoliatoR 27 December 2016 13:12
        In this I am think long way )) Boot from flash, mount rw dead system and edit Xorg.conf )
        Fantastick work dear Shekin ) The best info from Linux new`s and programm ))
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  3. RandyBurgess
    RandyBurgess 11 November 2017 03:56
    I had the same issue on a fairly new Dell XPS15 with the 387 driver. I made the boot menu visible and then choose upstart, which does have network support and removed the driver that way. I didn't have the Prime profile tab but rolling back to the previous on a 4.11 kernel is working great with multi-monitors and a USB-C docking station. You can add modeset directive/command or whatever it is to the bootup so you can get past the blank screen. Don't forget to change it back or even with a normally working driver it will be doing software rendering and you will get a warning every time you login.

    gksu gedit /etc/default/grub or I'm sure sudo vi /etc/default/grub will also work.

    On the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT is where the modeset directive is inserted. This is what mine looked like when modeset was there.

    GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="elevator=deadline quiet splash modeset pci=nocrs"

    Save it then sudo update grub and this should get you in graphically.
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