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How to fix “The system is running in low-graphics mode” error?

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When I try to boot into my computer, I am getting this error:

The system is running in low-graphics mode

Your screen, graphics cards, and input device settings could not be detected correctly. You will need to configure these yourself.

How do I fix the failsafe X mode and login into my computer?

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blogspot. – peejaybee Sep 29 '13 at 0:26 ok i tried everything on this page. 3. For this do the following: 1.blah/trash" and followed up with another df -h showing 14%. 80% of harddrive. It's pretty obviously visible. "df -h" showed sda1 as 100% so then i run "du / | sort -g" and found trash was like 30gig. https://askubuntu. for others (Me) it will give an error along the lines of "The system is running in low-graphics mode" and will stay there forever.html – Arlind Aug 2 '15 at 8:01 40 Answers 1 2 next Will try to answer the ones I can: Assuming the answer by Jokerdino was already checked: The greeter is invalid Issues with Nvidia or AMD/ATI graphics This happens when a driver has a problem installing correctly (Most cases).com/questions/141606/how-to-fix-the-system-is-running-in-low-graphics-mode-error 2/14 .Ask Ubuntu Answer index: The greeter is invalid xorg lightdm login-screen unity-greeter edited Apr 13 at 12:25 community wiki 6 revs jokerdino What happens when the message you see here is almost impossible to read? And I can forget about being able to see the terminal in the Ctrl-Alt-F1 trick. so a final reboot and i was back in. Boot PC leaving SHIFT pressed to make the GRUB Menu show. 4.. – nyuszika7h Mar 15 '15 at 0:17 I had the same problem but i fixed it from this link thegeekyland. – scott Jan 18 '14 at 6:24 @Braiam I realize this is old. When this happens. but.. so i did "rm -fr ~/user/. press CTRL + ALT + F1 to go to the terminal. 2. In some cases failsafeX will load fine (You lucky dog). this question is protected... Select from the recovery menu failsafeX. Select Recovery Mode which will continue booting correctly until the Recovery Menu appeares. – Adrian Keister Jun 6 '13 at 16:23 I tried to add to the master question but apparently am too much of a newb to be useful. but the fix for me was to make some more room. Type in your Username and Password.9/6/2017 xorg .com/2014/07/ubuntu-1404-lenovo-g510.How to fix "The system is running in low-graphics mode" error? .

Issues with Intel graphics For Intel it is recommended to do the following after doing all the steps mentioned above but before installing anything (When you are in the Terminal). you may reboot with the command : sudo shutdown -r now Now you must get back access to the Unity desktop(Of course with the AMD driver uninstalled). Note that if the problem occured after installing an unsupported driver from the amd site then you may have to first delete the driver you had installed. So do it with that in mind. At the time of this update the latest stable driver is almost 5 months older than the latest beta driver. run in the tty session (i.How to fix "The system is running in low-graphics mode" error? .run" to simplify name. Also read the release notes for the latest driver for your graphic card(Especially check if your system satisfies all the system requirements).) After doing this. You would need to compare release dates and read through release notes to find out which driver version supports which chips. Your driver must be installed and it should work successfully. You should look at the release notes to check if there is a driver that supports your graphics chip and the software versions you are using (X. Then you can get to this site which clearly helps in choosing the right AMD driver for your System specifications./sh amd-gpu. AMD/ATI The simple way is to sudo apt-get install fglrx . latest video drivers and more: Warning: This PPA is very unstable for some things. Then after downloading your driver installer(the . https://askubuntu. Reinstall the drivers depending on your case: Nvidia sudo apt-get install nvidia-current . Look under the "Uninstalling the AMD Catalyst™ Proprietary Driver" heading.run and follow the onscreen steps.org xserver or Mir). sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa -y After that sudo apt-get update and you should receive several updates. If you test 'Additional Drivers' with a problem like this it will finish downloading the package but then it will give an error. You can choose Xorg-Edgers which is a PPA that brings many improvements.zip file) get to this site and follow the instructions to install your driver. Go to AMDs support site and download the driver you need. I also need to add that I do not recommend downloading the Drivers from the Nvidia site since they: * Might create additional problems with Ubuntu * Are not updated automatically * Are not tested thoroughly in Ubuntu Always use the nvidia-current package or the nvidia-current-updates one.e) in the terminal screen you get after pressing CTRL + ALT + F1 : sudo aticonfig --uninstall (If this command didnt work then check this site . Now just simply run . Update log UPDATE 1: Added this extensive answer to solve many of the problems that might end with the error mentioned here: How do I install the Nvidia drivers? UPDATE 2: AMD is no longer releasing (stable) graphics drivers on a monthly basis and not all graphics chips are supported by their Linux drivers upon product release.9/6/2017 xorg . Go to the folder where you downloaded the file and type chmod +x amd-gpu.More up-to-date version For other cases see this answer for details and follow the links there to help you along the way. If this does not work keep reading.Ask Ubuntu 5. It also gives the same error if you use 'Software Center' and 'Synaptic'.) Put the downloaded driver in some folder and rename it to "amd-gpu.com/questions/141606/how-to-fix-the-system-is-running-in-low-graphics-mode-error 3/14 .run to give it Executable Permission. For this. The only way was to go to the failsafeX option and do the workaround about changing to the tty1 terminal and doing it via command line. you may want to download be the latest beta driver instead of the stable one. These are tested and approved already for the Ubuntu version you are using and will give less errors and incompatibility bugs. X-Swat currently does not have Intel drivers in the latest versions of Ubuntu. After rebooting all problems should be solved.More stable/tested version sudo apt-get install nvidia-current-updates . (If you have a newer card.

stack. Also had to add "radeon. As a workaround.conf and change the line greeter-session=pantheon-greeter to greeter-session=unity-greeter and save it. but usually for me this type of problem comes from a combination of the graphics drivers and a kernel upgrade. You can install bumblebee for nvidia graphic cards. After ctrl + alt + f1 . then update-grub.04 LTS.png showed up. Run the following command in a terminal: sudo nano /etc/lightdm/lightdm. – user281989 Jul 15 '15 at 17:03 1 I had kept an additional kernel having one step lower version. Though I still did see some system errors.04 to 13.Ask Ubuntu Like always please test and give feedback so I can enhance my answer since others will be also reading it. you can use the following commands: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bumblebee/stable sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install bumblebee bumblebee-nvidia primus linux-headers-generic NOTE: Follow this for other than 14. press Ctrl + Alt + F1 . – Braiam Apr 22 '14 at 5:24 I don't quite get how. Thanks! – Matthieu Mar 21 '13 at 22:34 1 Upgrading from 12. edited Jul 26 '12 at 7:47 community wiki https://askubuntu.com/5kllk.audio=1" to /etc/default/grub – flamingpenguin Mar 25 '14 at 13:57 1 ctrl+alt+f1 doesn't give me a terminal – schwiz Aug 27 '14 at 0:54 1 @LuisAlvarado nvidia-current can install the wrong driver. The reason why you end up with this failsafe X is because the pantheon-greeter you installed along with the elementary desktop is now not available and LightDM is not able to identify an alternative greeter. then remove "nomodeset" from my /etc/default/grub. In this case the other answers here are more appropriate. – maan81 Aug 24 '15 at 9:14 I solved this problem by reinstalling ubuntu-desktop. It happened to me. that's the one that worked for me. thank you for sharing it! – Jani Kovacs Jul 17 '14 at 11:46 This solved it for me. with particular reference to @Luis. – Bobble Jun 12 '13 at 6:06 @Thiyagu your problem is that you don't have more space in the hard drive. To remove fglrx {sudo apt-get remove --purge xorg-driver-fglrx fglrx*} {sudo apt-get install --reinstall libgl1-mesa-glx libgl1-mesa-dri xserver-xorg-core} {sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver- xorg}. run the following commands: sudo apt-get install --reinstall ubuntu-desktop sudo reboot edited Jul 7 '12 at 2:52 answered Apr 26 '12 at 18:20 Jonah user41938 324 2 22 579 3 2 2 when i give this command!i got memory is full no more space available! – Thiyagu ATR Apr 4 '13 at 14:33 4 This may help when the problem is to do with the desktop. And then. the more people it will help. I corrected them later. When the screen i. When the message that "your system is running in low-graphics mode" appears. but this is what solved my problem. then login with your credentials. After changing the file. The better it is. I selected the lower kernel and could login in normally.imgur. you can edit the LightDM conf file and correct the error.10 with Radeon 3000: I had to remove and purge the fglrx. Thanks a lot!! – n3o Nov 19 '14 at 1:55 The greeter is invalid This is a bug in LightDM and a bug report has already been filed. edited Apr 13 at 12:23 answered Nov 16 '12 at 15:56 Community ♦ Luis Alvarado ♦ 1 125k 123 445 624 1 After trying all the other solutions.9/6/2017 xorg . reboot and you will now be greeted with Unity greeter.How to fix "The system is running in low-graphics mode" error? .com/questions/141606/how-to-fix-the-system-is-running-in-low-graphics-mode-error 4/14 . It will installed the correct driver automatically.

10. yes.conf indeed mentioned unity-greeter . a common issue with ati agp cards is having an incorrect AGPMode. I was running out of space on /root.856 15 38 It is not related to Nvidia drivers. Because by default Ubuntu uses non-Nvidia drivers even though you might have Nvidia GPUs.Ask Ubuntu 3 revs jokerdino That workaround doesn't works for me. Press Ctrl + Alt + F1 2. Look for large directories with sudo du -sc /*/* |sort -g and delete unwanted content. Directions for purging fglrx are available at here. Did you happen to manually install fglrx prior to noticing the problem? If it was not uninstalled properly it can cause weird random issues. To free space you can: 1. But the bug is not continous. – ssoto Sep 5 '13 at 9:53 3 This doesn't help in my case. – Virgile Oct 24 '13 at 11:53 @Virgile. – Abby Sep 14 '13 at 4:22 I guess this may have been related to my case.conf – Sauli Oct 23 '13 at 11:23 1 @Sauli but are you sure that the unity-greeter package is installed on your machine? In my case. If you see that there is no space available on the root ( / ) then you need to free some space.log . after an upgrade to 13. Another good place to look is the log files in /var/log/gdm/* (or /var/log/lightdm/* in oneiric and later). – Sauli Oct 23 '13 at 11:28 When this happens there is often an error message indicating why it failed to start X. I tested this in virtual machine.0. The error (if there is one) will be at the tail end of the file. Any idea how to resolve this?. it's appears randomly.How to fix "The system is running in low-graphics mode" error? .old or /var/log/Xorg.10. I don't have lightdm-gtk-greeter installed. Ubuntu will run in low graphics mode.0.10. the unity-greeter version is 13. edited Aug 29 at 10:43 answered Nov 1 '10 at 22:35 Zanna Bryce 35. Sometimes you can adjust this setting in your BIOS (which perhaps windows screwed with?) There is also a setting in /etc/X11/xorg. restart: shutdown -r now edited Jan 15 '13 at 10:10 answered May 18 '12 at 2:42 Aditya Azul Mascara 7. 3. after trying many proposals at this page. – Sauli Oct 24 '13 at 12:31 It's prefect.3-0ubuntu1.976 11 47 84 493 1 6 7 It is a valid reason.log. – Mahdi Parsa Aug 1 '14 at 7:03 You have too many files on your computer. although I only had lightdm-gtk-greeter installed. – Web-E Nov 23 '12 at 10:46 2 Thanks! This did the job for me. This is definitely a usability bug since there is no message anywhere that can give a clue about the disk space issue.com/questions/141606/how-to-fix-the-system-is-running-in-low-graphics-mode-error 5/14 . I already have the unity-greeter in /etc/lightdm/lightdm. If you exhaust disk space. Look in your /var/log/Xorg. But freeing space with clean or autoclean didn't solve the wholw problem nor did repartitioning and allocating more space. Initially I did not think of checking the remaining space on the SSD. – Andre May 5 '13 at 0:31 Happens also in 13.10 from a USB drive. through synaptic ). sudo apt-get autoclean 2. Type df -h 3. You might want to check which greeter is installed on your machine (e. I have an Nvidia GPU too. https://askubuntu.9/6/2017 xorg . Is your video card an AGP model? If so. lightdm. I solved the problem by reinstalling 13.04. – Avio Jul 18 '13 at 6:32 My issue now is that in recovery mode it is mounting the disk in read only mode so I'm unable to delete any files to resolve the issue. To check whether this is the issue: 1. I'm speaking around three hundreds clients that doesn't works. It's right answer.5k 12 83 166 3. and have exhausted disk space Try moving personal files off the computer onto a USB drive. non-working 13. I made the reinstallation on top of the existing. Clean your home directory using a combination of cd ~ du -sc * |sort -g rm myLargeFile When this is done.g.conf for adjusting it in X. At the end.

Before typing that.failsafe Somehow. that it is a problem with your X display manager.. now I don't even get the low graphics error but just a black screen. Sousa 67k 18 188 300 731 5 13 This did work for me. Then type: sudo service gdm restart (Or . then you can just reboot and it will start automatically because you configured it as the default display manager.).launchpad. – Xufox Sep 28 '15 at 17:50 Let's assume. Using NVIDIA GeForce 7025. 3. I don't know solution to the problem but there is a quick work around in 3 steps. Login as root. 1. you may need to first stop the other display manager that is running.com/questions/141606/how-to-fix-the-system-is-running-in-low-graphics-mode-error 6/14 . My system got screwed up as I was running two such services. the one you said that you have access to.9/6/2017 xorg . and choose gdm. Remove a particular X11 config file. – Ansjovis86 Apr 7 at 15:07 Don't do this solution if you already have lightdm. and this is an installed system rather than a live environment. (You should be able to shut down and restart normally. and enter the following: sudo apt-get install gdm . . one way to reboot if the GUI is not working properly is to press Ctrl + Alt + Delete while on a virtual console.) According to https://bugs. arrogantly. turns out the problem is related to lightdm GUI server. the existence of the above X11 configuration file causes the OS to throw that error.conf. Then login with your credentials. reading logs and little bit trial and error.. hit Ctrl + Alt + F1 . 2. I just posted a solution I found for myself. 2 users 82% sccott 1 I did exactly this and it worked for me. This will save you from reinstalling Ubuntu. start instead of restart . Sousa Feb 2 '15 at 20:19 This didn't work for me and got me further off.Ask Ubuntu My Ubuntu used to boot fine until something happened which caused the same issue. service lightdm restart This will restart the lightdm GUI server and voila your desktop is back! edited Sep 16 '13 at 8:26 community wiki 2 revs. but could you please explain why it would work? – Radagasp Feb 2 '15 at 13:08 I'm sorry. This file is not really required. . When the error shows up. and then run the following commands: sudo apt-get install fglrx sudo reboot https://askubuntu. Enter the terminal (you can use a virtual console if you cannot use a graphical terminal window).net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/1070150 this is a way to workaround a bug with lightdm. rm /etc/X11/xorg. Luckily I got out of the mess with switching back to lightdm by running this command: sudo dpkg-reconfigure gdm3 – Ansjovis86 Apr 7 at 21:49 Only for ATI graphics cards When the message that "your system is running in low-graphics mode" appears: Press Ctrl + Alt + F1 to see the terminal one. not sure if this is worth mentioning(using a nvidia gtx860m) – jayeshkv Jul 14 '15 at 1:58 This was the answer that ultimately solved it for me (along with doing sudo apt-get upgrade etc. After reading posts. I'm not an expert. Otherwise. This is usually LightDM: sudo service lightdm stop If you have trouble getting GDM to start.) edited Sep 5 '13 at 21:57 answered Aug 8 '12 at 2:23 Eliah Kagan David M. This will open the command line interface.How to fix "The system is running in low-graphics mode" error? . Restart lightdm GUI server. – David M.

edited Nov 19 '12 at 16:21 answered Apr 30 '12 at 9:41 Community ♦ Shaeve 1 111 2 If you have a problem with the restricted (closed source) driver . Open a terminal and give this command gksudo software-properties-gtk Goto Additional drivers and remove the dirver. but was told by the system to use # sudo apt-get autoremove instead.How to fix "The system is running in low-graphics mode" error? . if your Ubuntu completly refuses to enter anything but recovery mode. Then Reboot. edited Sep 12 '12 at 13:46 answered Apr 27 '12 at 10:56 Community ♦ ltedone 1 121 2 Follow these commands: sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get -d install --reinstall gdm sudo apt-get remove --purge gdm (I ran this command above. But I got in eventually.9/6/2017 xorg .Ask Ubuntu The same can be done from the recovery mode (after enabling networking). 10+ mins.com/questions/141606/how-to-fix-the-system-is-running-in-low-graphics-mode-error 7/14 . after the #sudo apt-get remove --purge gdm command.10 https://askubuntu. then try to remove it.) sudo apt-get install gdm select GDM when prompted sudo reboot That fixed it for me :) It took very long to start after the reboot. You have to mark the Using X.Nouveau.Org X server - . To remove the Nvidia current driver in Ubuntu 12. If you have not access at all to the Desktop Environment then use the Recovery Mode.

https://askubuntu.9/6/2017 xorg .How to fix "The system is running in low-graphics mode" error? .com/questions/141606/how-to-fix-the-system-is-running-in-low-graphics-mode-error 8/14 .Ask Ubuntu Select the Network and your root partition will mounted as Read-Write.

in the same manner (from recovery mode) try to install the restricted (Nvidia) driver with these commands When you reach the Root selection and after select root To install nvidia-current driver. man. It came just after i had a fresh install of 12. – Swader Oct 25 '12 at 21:21 I have recently received a similar issue with myPangolin Performance laptop. – Vivek Anand Oct 20 '12 at 6:41 Then try to do the opposite . If you have problem with the open source driver (nouveau) .conf apt-get install ubuntu-desktop reboot The last command will reboot your system and hopefully you will login normally in next reboot with the Open Source nouveau driver. reading this. It astounds me that after TWELVE years they still haven't included a solid default multi-monitor installation for one of the TWO most common graphics card types in the world. have messed up with /var permission. apt-get install linux-source apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r) apt-get install nvidia-current nvidia-xconfig reboot According to this answer : Ubuntu 12. answered May 16 '12 at 12:58 Mc1brew 111 3 Anyone. This solved my problems. should try this.Ask Ubuntu Select the Root And then give these commands with order apt-get remove --purge nvidia-current rm /etc/X11/xorg.8k 4 37 61 This is not a problem with the restricted or closed driver.K. – Ajeeb.10 on my laptop. (alternatively you can press ctr+alt+f1 to bring up another tty) sudo chown lightdm:lightdm -R /var/lib/lightdm sudo chown avahi-autoipd:avahi-autoipd -R /var/lib/avahi-autoipd sudo chown colord:colord -R /var/lib/colord reboot These commands did the trick for me. edited Apr 13 at 12:24 answered Oct 20 '12 at 6:36 Community ♦ NickTh 1 11.9/6/2017 xorg .How to fix "The system is running in low-graphics mode" error? .com/questions/141606/how-to-fix-the-system-is-running-in-low-graphics-mode-error 9/14 . when you reach the root environment give these commands apt-get install nvidia-current and nvidia-xconfig and reboot I edited my answer. The folks at System 76 told me to do the following: Click Okay and then select the option to get a terminal.P Mar 21 '16 at 10:01 https://askubuntu.10 Desktop does not show when I installed nvidia drivers! may need to install or reinstall the linux-headers to get the restricted Nvidia drivers work properly. – NickTh Oct 20 '12 at 6:46 Didn't work on my laptop :( – Vivek Anand Oct 24 '12 at 14:35 You are a legend. Follow the guide from recovery mode and install the restricted driver .

0M 0 5. In my case.6G 1% /run none 5.6G 1.9G 1% /dev tmpfs 3.xsession-errors answered Nov 22 '12 at 3:17 community wiki Tron Try delete your /etc/X11/xorg. Hope this helps you.9G 1.conf and restart.9/6/2017 xorg .718 17 23 I had a similar problem. Choose root option to get to terminal.2M 1. 1. 137k 32 312 349 51 1 Well.xsession-errors mkdir ~/.errors graphics mode. Start ubuntu with recovery mode from grub then choose filesystem check followed by enable networking. edited Oct 8 '11 at 20:27 answered Apr 25 '11 at 20:10 fossfreedom ♦ I. I had the same problem and solved it.9G 4. 2.711 8 44 67 51 2 https://askubuntu.C.3M 3.com/questions/141606/how-to-fix-the-system-is-running-in-low-graphics-mode-error 10/14 .6G 61% / udev 3. Found my answer for that in this Ubuntuforums thread: rm ~/.0M 0% /run/lock none 3. Now I found out that for some strange reason GDM has been uninstalled (it took me hours to realize that).9G 1% /run/shm none 100M 16K 100M 1% /run/user /dev/sda4 317G 33G 285G 11% /media/data /dev/sda1 197M 16M 182M 8% /boot/efi If your mount has a high Use% (90%+) then this could be your problem.9G 1% /tmp tmpfs 1. edited May 17 '12 at 14:09 answered May 2 '12 at 13:28 Mateo user59569 6.0K 3. 4. everything was fine and i could start the xserver. i did fix the problem by reinstalling gdm with: apt-get install gdm now everything's running. Then reinstall the drivers following the methods for precise from this website https://help. Before restart. i was getting the following message: “Ubuntu is running in low- graphics mode” When I used startx on the command prompt however. It turns out that if your root filesystem runs out of space then Ubuntu will boot into low graphics mode and it's hard to figure out why since the xorg log shows nothing wrong. I suggest you do apt-get update && apt-get upgrade && apt-get autoremove -everytime you complete a step. When I was booting my PC. After that everything works out just fine. run sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-ati xserver-xorg-video-radeon answered Nov 1 '10 at 4:26 Extender 1. Now uninstall the old drivers sh /usr/share/ati/fglrx-uninstall 3. Good luck.ubuntu. / had grown to fill most of my partition and caused me to fall into low- ~/.9G 108K 3.Ask Ubuntu This problem destroyed my morning.xsession.How to fix "The system is running in low-graphics mode" error? .com/community/BinaryDriverHowto/ATI. To find out from the command line if you're low on space type df -h Sample output from my machine: Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda6 18G 10G 6.

com/questions/141606/how-to-fix-the-system-is-running-in-low-graphics-mode-error 11/14 .x86_64. In my case the driver installation finished with an error.974 11 47 82 456 2 3 2 dpkg-reconfigure xorg no longer does anything useful. I faced the same issue again.conf file (I did so by copying the backup file I already made). inspired by this thread. but it still worked.x86_64. You can still reconfigure xserver with: sudo dpkg --reconfigure --phigh xserver-xorg edited Sep 12 '11 at 16:40 answered Nov 2 '10 at 0:22 N. LinuxCanuck 6.aspx.conf and had it read in xserver. I solved it by doing the following: Do a normal boot Press Ctrl-Alt-F1 on the "Your system is running in low-graphics mode" screen Download the correct driver from http://support. – Mateo Nov 30 '12 at 22:15 Phenomenon: I first saw Booting without full network configuration message that never ended. in addition to re-install xserver-xorg . Edit) after creating xorg.9/6/2017 xorg . edited Apr 13 at 12:23 community wiki 4 revs IsaacS @guntbert agreed. Effective solution: Remove & install xserver-xorg . If you card don't meet this requirements. the most likely of the reasons with old PC's is: Your graphic card just do not support unity.Ask Ubuntu I had the same problem with an Acer Aspire 3810tg. What happens when you type: startx If you are stuck in a command prompt all is not lost. in my case (ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330): wget http://www2.com/drivers/linux/amd-driver-installer-12-4- x86.N. Action-1: Force to shutdown the machine (by keeping power button pressed as normal).x86_64. Try Lubuntu/Xubuntu instead. Unity requires: Any graphics card with OpenGL 1. answered Dec 24 '13 at 1:47 community wiki Braiam https://askubuntu.How to fix "The system is running in low-graphics mode" error? . Choose recovery boot. then is just that you can't use Unity (yet).4 support (All GPUs released today by either NVidia. GPUs released by NVidia and AMD over the last 5 years.amd. edited May 21 '12 at 19:11 answered May 17 '12 at 19:12 torbenl 141 3 You said that you were stuck in low graphics mode and now you say that you can only get a command prompt. answered Oct 22 '13 at 0:15 community wiki IsaacS Or. This time.com/us/gpudownload/Pages/index. – RAOF Nov 2 '10 at 5:50 not allays true @RAOF. since X is generally much better at detecting your hardware than our crufty old maintainer scripts were. but that was not necessary for me. I faced The system is running in low-graphics mode issue.run which should also cover your case (Mobility Radeon HD 4xxx Series) chmod 755 amd-driver-installer-12-4-x86. I updated my answer. AMD or Intel.run and follow the standard steps You might need to run: sudo aticonfig --initial . – IsaacS Apr 2 '13 at 21:08 I just had to disable Internal Graphics Board on BIOS display. GPUs released by Intel after the GMA 950). Using ga-z87n/ga-h87n (GIGABYTE) motherboard. I hope this helps.run to make the file executable sudo . I have some old hardware that can not be properly detected unless I reinstall xorg completely.ati./amd-driver-installer-12-4-x86. I had to create /etc/X11/xorg. After Action-1 below.

Which prevents the system from GUI login . then: sudo apt-get purge nvidia-* sudo apt-get autoremove sudo apt-get linux-source linux-headers-generic sudo apt-get install nvidia-current sudo nvidia-xconfig sudo shutdown -r now Of course. e. If you messed with the graphic drivers before the problem came up.Why this problem occurs means.ubuntu. – Braiam Jul 26 '13 at 1:31 similar to this answer.Once you logged in to the console run the below command.give that.com/community/BootOptions See the section on kernel options. sudo rm /etc/X11/xorg. answered Nov 8 '13 at 23:59 community wiki Avinash Raj Try to boot from grub using a different parameter or even booting an older kernel from the list.9k 10 82 94 Which ubuntu version are you running? Did you installed graphics drivers before the problem or is it a post clean-os-install issue? Giving some more info would be helpful for us to help you. Something like: xforcevesa Good luck! :) answered Nov 8 '10 at 18:30 LinuxCanuck 456 2 3 Follow these commands: sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get -d install --reinstall gdm https://askubuntu.How to fix "The system is running in low-graphics mode" error? . edited Nov 25 '16 at 7:18 answered Oct 6 '12 at 11:07 karel 32. Select gdm.Ask Ubuntu Install gdm from the default Ubuntu repositories.g.com/questions/141606/how-to-fix-the-system-is-running-in-low-graphics-mode-error 12/14 .conf sudo service lightdm restart It will get you back to the GUI login.press ctrl+alt+F1 . sudo apt-get install nvidia-current sudo shutdown -r now – César Apr 10 at 2:17 I had the same problem but this method works for me. edited Jun 26 at 17:00 answered Feb 13 '13 at 0:24 Paranoid Panda Toperharrier 17. Then it will asks for username and password to login. During the installation of gdm you will be asked to select either gdm or lightdm as the default login display manager. and after trying several other answers: dpkg -l | grep nvidia then remove purge every single package from this list. login.it creates xorg.9/6/2017 xorg . get to the login screen. apt-get will return error. When you get The system is running low-graphics mode error.conf file in /etc/X11 folder.9k 54 155 301 84 3 What are you expecting to do with sudo apt-get linux-source linux-headers-generic . https://help.after you installed graphics drivers . sudo apt-get remove --purge nvidia finally.it will take you to the console. GDM provides the equivalent of a "login:" prompt for X displays: it asks for a login and starts X sessions. if you have an ATI videocard you have to change the nvidia-* and nvidia-current for your ATI drivers package. press Ctrl + Alt + F1 .

This worked for me. Usually they are pulled in via dependencies when installing the drivers.10 on my Acer Aspire One AO-722.04 installation.cchtml. so have another internet connected device nearby to reference this from or to Google with in case of emergency. – fossfreedom ♦ May 7 '12 at 8:58 You need to install the kernel headers manually then reinstall nvidia for some reason then the nvidia drivers will work answered Oct 20 '12 at 8:53 Martin 1 The modules for the driver have to be build for the individual kernel to use and this is why the kernel headers have to be installed. Enter the command: sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop This will ensure all the needed packages are installed. If you experience Low graphics mode intermittently like I was. Log into the text mode console 2. There will be a time where you will be without the desktop.10. answered May 6 '12 at 20:35 Jeremy 1 1 Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! Whilst this may theoretically answer the question. Run a memory check to check for memory errors.416 9 43 70 455 2 6 I had the issue when I upgraded from 11.Ask Ubuntu sudo apt-get remove --purge gdm sudo apt-get install gdm sudo apt-get remove --purge xserver-xgl compiz compiz-plugins compiz-core compiz-manager csm cgwd cgwd-themes sudo apt-get install --reinstall compiz compiz-core compiz-fusion-plugins-extra compiz- fusion-plugins-main compiz-gnome compiz-plugins libcompizconfig0 sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg choose the driver 'ati' and when you get to monitor resolution choose the resolution you want to run and any resolution ABOVE that resolution should be removed. to make sure all is good. – LiveWireBT Oct 23 '12 at 4:10 It didn't work for me. I installed the headers and then the drivers as mentioned :( – Vivek Anand Oct 24 '12 at 14:36 Your Memory may be bad. answered Feb 1 '11 at 3:35 John 1. I followed this guide to remove the proprietary drivers and use the Open Source drivers.How to fix "The system is running in low-graphics mode" error? .2Ffglr x Everything seems to be working now.com/index. hope this helps. Buy New memory(Make sure it is the right type for your computer) 3. So: 1. http://wiki. *If you are never prompted. I only noticed the actual problem after some time spent looking at the problem. edited Sep 2 '11 at 16:01 answered Aug 15 '11 at 20:15 Kris Harper Timo Jyrinki 8. I also had the propriety ATi/AMD driver installed from 11. just skip this. https://askubuntu. 2.php/Ubuntu_Oneiric_Installation_Guide#Removing_Catalyst. it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here.9/6/2017 xorg . Run the memory test again.742 6 21 35 I had a special case of this problem. where I somehow caused the removal of some packages. Repeat the command removing the problem package until it works.com/questions/141606/how-to-fix-the-system-is-running-in-low-graphics-mode-error 13/14 . 1. which carried over to the 12. and provide the link for reference. Without some of those. Once that is done issue the following:* sudo reboot You will most likely get errors on specific packages. symptoms like those described here may occur.

Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead? https://askubuntu. posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site (the association bonus does not count).9/6/2017 xorg . then run the following commands: sudo apt-get install --reinstall lightdm sudo reboot answered Mar 28 '13 at 11:14 community wiki Marco Lackovic 1 2 next protected by Community ♦ Oct 19 '12 at 11:33 Thank you for your interest in this question.log 4. Because it has attracted low-quality or spam answers that had to be removed.0. if the message error is Cannot run in framebuffer mode.Ask Ubuntu The Low Graphics Mode error should now be gone. Please specify busIDs.com/questions/141606/how-to-fix-the-system-is-running-in-low-graphics-mode-error 14/14 . look at the end of your /var/log/Xorg.How to fix "The system is running in low-graphics mode" error? . log in 3. edited Nov 30 '12 at 22:13 answered Oct 8 '11 at 17:43 Mateo Bruce 6. Press CTRL + ALT + F1 to open a terminal 2.711 8 44 67 1 1.