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Solved system is running in low-graphics mode

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.

The system is running in low-graphics mode
Solution 1 :

I solved this problem by reinstalling ubuntu-desktop.

When the message that “your system is running in low-graphics mode” appears, press Ctrl+Alt+F2, then login with your credentials
Then type below commands

It should work after reboot … Else try the below option

Solution 2 :


It should work after reboot… 🙂

To reconfigure gdm type


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13 thoughts on “Solved system is running in low-graphics mode

  • Debojyoti says:

    It works

  • Noah says:

    I managed to FIX this 100% !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I was rebooting and rebooting and changing gdm to lightdm and back when I saw in the error messages something like non-recognized screen 0 entry in /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    I went to there and it said

    Screen 0 “nvidia”
    Inactive “intel”

    I simply corrected those obvious entries – my graphics are Intel integrated right now. I had removed the nvidia Geforce. I deleted Inactive “Intel” and changed Screen 0 to “Intel.” This is apparently where that changeover does not get reflected and we are left with the endless loop of “This system is running in low-graphics mode.”
    One reboot and I had desktop, but no launcher – rebooted again and Ubuntu was back to booting fully!
    It has been since 2013 that I’ve been working on a solution to that short of reinstalling and there it is finally. I see one guy who reports that afterward some Ubuntu desktop 3d features are missing until he ran “sudo update-alternatives –remove-all x86_64-linux-gnu-gl-conf” and “sudo update-alternatives –remove-all i386-linux-gnu-gl_conf” then “sudo update-alternatives –remove-all gl_conf” – removed his /X11/xorg.conf and removed ‘nogpumanager’ from /etc/default/grub – then he could switch from ‘XRender’ to OpenGL 3.1′ in compositing display settings to regain the lost desktop effects.

  • Alok says:

    Thanks , These methods are useful.

  • prrng says:

    2nd solution solved my problem. Intel graphic, acer aspire 4741. Thanks.

  • Yannick Pfützner says:

    Thank you a lot…
    I thought my pc wont never work again…

  • jaman says:

    i was trying but when after showing the massage regarding low graphics and i type ctrl+alt+f1 it shows black screen to me…plz help

  • jaman says:

    using hp 240 g3 laptop with ubuntu 14.04

    • durga says:

      Hi Jaman, You can see black screen and at the left top corner cursor blinking for user name and password.

      else force restart the machine and after BIOS press and hold shift key to enter in to recovery mode.

      there you can log in to terminal and run above commands.

      If you find any more issues please do add my gmail id –

  • Vicky Maru says:

    This solution works, thank you for sharing.

  • Jeyes says:

    Thanks the 2nd option worked for me

  • Akash Gupta says:

    Thnx worked for me
    1st one

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