I'm a complete newbie when it comes to installing and understanding Linux.

I tried to install the NVIDIA drivers with apt, but that only installed some program. Then I downloaded the driver directly from nvidia.com, logged out and stopped lightdm. Then I started the installation file (made it executable with chmod before) and it went through. When I tried to Start lightdm again it didn't do anything. So I rebooted the device and now elementary is stuck on the booting logo. If I press ESC and F1 it reads: error booting elementary

Can someone please explain how to fix that? I have found plenty of posts to this issue but each too technical and each with a different solution, so I'm not sure which to follow.

  • Never install drivers from the nvidia site. Stick to the official repos if you want a stable system. That said, i don't know how to revert what you did. But if you don't mind reinstalling elementary OS you can then follow this elementaryos.stackexchange.com/questions/9605/… to install your nvidia drivers. Or you could just do sudo ubuntu-drivers autoinstall, but this last method may install a driver that's not the latest available. – Maccer Feb 21 '17 at 8:37
  • Ok thank you!!! I will try that. Luckily I had almost nothing on my system :) – NE555 Feb 21 '17 at 22:53

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