Trying to help a friend make the switch to Ubuntu is not going as smoothly as I would have hoped. Immediately upon install everything is fine.
To enable the desktop effects I installed the resitricted driver "fglrx". The motherboard has ATI HD 3100 integrated graphics. Upon restarting X there was horrible screen flickering and jttering. I could barely look at long enough to unistall the fglrx driver. After restart everything is fine.
After what to me at least was a long and painful process of downloading and making a debian package of the latest driver from ATI's site the result was exactly the same.
Ok, so obviously this is a problem that ATI needs to resolve with their closed-source driver. Here's my question, is there any way to get desktop effects working with an open source driver or not?