Solved: 11.10 Unity desktop not functional after a nvidia display driver update

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I have Ubuntu 11.10 Unity all updated, and I just did a nvidia display driver update, which has caused it to now boot to a non functional desktop. I have mouse cursor function to click on things but then nothing happens, so there is no function, I can only see the desktop items but nothing opens when clicked on. So I did try that boot into the Recovery Mode, and some commands run in the run level 3 console. I had nvidia driver version 173 that did work fine, but when I attempted the version current, it broke it. So how can I un-install or remove that NVIDIA display driver from run level 3 console? I do have a copy of my file; /etc/X11/xorg.conf, but how can I edit that file from a console command ? The computer with this issue is a 2006 Gateway with a nvidia GeForce 7300 GS video card also from 06. I had the 11.04 Ubuntu installed and working with that nvidia 173 driver version, then I did a upgrade to the 11.10 which used that same display driver version, and it worked fine but wanted to try the newer "version current" driver. Since I have several other Linux in this multi-boot system, can I just boot to one to mount my Ubuntu 11.10 then edit this file; /etc/X11/xorg.conf for section "Device" under driver, to remove "nvidia" and replace with a basic display, or can I do a edit while at the grub 2 boot loader menu so that the nvidia driver does not load ?
 

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The simple and fast solution should be to just install that older version 173 of the nvidia display driver which should also remove the newer version possibly? So does anyone know how to get the exact name of that nvidia driver package it install while only booted into run level 3 text console mode ?
 

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Solved by removing that newer nvidia driver; sudo apt-get remove nvidia-current, while in the run level 3 console mode. So since my 2006 PC has a basic older video card in it, ( Geforce 7300 GS ), the older nvidia-173 driver version works okay, and that new Unity desktop uses about 345 MB of memory, which is near 100 MB more RAM with no applications open than the good old gnome does in 10.04.
 
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