[arch-general] Broke Arch trying to change graphics driver

Alexander Kapshuk alexander.kapshuk at gmail.com
Sun May 6 16:53:16 UTC 2018

On Fri, May 4, 2018 at 8:33 PM, Junayeed Ahnaf via arch-general
<arch-general at archlinux.org> wrote:
> Hi,
> So here's what happened, I was facing issue with proprietary nVidia driver (screen tearing) so I thought I want to switch to the free one, so I uninstalled nvidia with "pacman -Rs nvidia" , then I thought might as well try a different kernel and installed zen. Now when I boot into either kernel I am seeing "Starting display manager" then a black screen. I can login to tty2 , but no display comes up.
> I want to switch back to free driver, with preferably zen kernel. What should I do? Thanks in advance.
> J
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Your original post did not say what steps you took to switch from the
proprietary driver to the opensource one.
Did you follow the instructions given here [1], and ended up with the
black screen as a result?
[1] https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Nouveau

I too had to switch from the proprietary nvidia driver to the nouveau
one some time ago and I did not bump into any trouble there.

Care to elaborate a bit on what else you did besides uninstalling the
proprietary driver?

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