How to Fix Ubuntu black screen with blinking cursor

System updates are crucial for maintaining system security and stability. However, occasionally, an update might lead to unexpected behavior, such as encountering a black screen with a blinking cursor upon reboot instead of the usual login screen.

This guide outlines a series of troubleshooting steps you can follow to resolve this issue and regain access to your Ubuntu system.

Step 1: Accessing the Terminal

Since the graphical interface isn’t loading, we need to access the command line to troubleshoot. Press Ctrl + Alt + F4 on your keyboard. This will switch you to a text-based login screen.

Step 2: Checking the Graphics Driver (Optional)

In some cases, the issue might be related to the graphics driver, especially if it happened after an update. If you’re comfortable with it, you can try restarting the display manager using the command:

sudo systemctl restart gdm

Then, switch back to the graphical interface with Ctrl + Alt + F1. If the login screen appears, great! If not, move on to the next step.

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Step 3: Fixing the Update (Possible Driver Conflict)

Sometimes, updates can cause conflicts with drivers. Let’s try removing any existing NVIDIA drivers that might be causing problems.

Important: These commands might take some time to complete, so be patient.

Remove NVIDIA Drivers:

sudo apt purge nvidia* # This removes all NVIDIA packages

Clean Up:

Run the commands below:

sudo apt autoremove 

sudo apt clean 

Read: How to display Graphics card information on Ubuntu 22.04

Step 4: Updating the System

Now that we’ve removed any potential driver conflicts, let’s make sure your system is fully up-to-date:

sudo apt update

sudo apt upgrade

Step 5: Restart and Fix Display (if needed)

Reboot your system with:

sudo reboot

You should now see the login screen, although the resolution might be incorrect since the display driver was reset. Don’t worry, this is temporary.

Step 6: Reinstalling Display Drivers (if needed)

Once logged in, you can use the built-in “Additional Drivers” tool to choose and install compatible NVIDIA drivers for your system. This should restore the proper screen resolution.

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Marianne elanotta

Marianne is a graduate in communication technologies and enjoys sharing the latest technological advances across various fields. Her programming skills include Java OO and Javascript, and she prefers working on open-source operating systems. In her free time, she enjoys playing chess and computer games with her two children.

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