Getting Login to Work on Ubuntu 15.04 with NVIDIA Drivers

Posted 2015-04-23 to Ben Burwell's blog

When I upgraded to Ubuntu 15.04, I was unable to log in. The machine started normally and I was presented with the login window. But when I entered my password, the screen went black for a few moments and then the login screen came back.

Since I’m using an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750, which Ubuntu’s Nouveau drivers don’t support, I previously needed to install the NVIDIA graphics drivers.

By entering Ctrl + Alt + F3, I was able to drop to a shell. When I checked /var/log/Xorg.0.log, I found a message stating that the NVIDIA driver had failed to load the GLX module, despite earlier messages that it had been loaded. The message also recommended reinstalling the NVIDIA driver.

In the same shell, I ran:

wget http://us.download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86_64/349.16/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-349.16.run
chmod u+x NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-349.16.run
sudo service lightdm stop
sudo ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-349.16.run

After that, restarting my computer cleared up the issue.