It's literally been years since I've been to this forum. I took a long break from linux, but the arrival of Ubuntu 11.04 piqued my interest yet again. So, here is what's not working:
I have an HP laptop with switchable graphics. They are an Intel HD card and an ATI Radeon HD 5650. After I install and boot Ubuntu, Unity loads fine. This is before I installed the Additional Drivers for my ATI card. If I install the drivers, a popup appears that says my hardware does not support Unity, and GNOME loads instead. I really like Unity, and would love to continue using it. So, I figured, I'll just uninstall the drivers. Unity works again after doing this, but I am now faced with a much bigger problem: Ubuntu will not load nine out of ten times. If I do not had the Propriety driver for my graphics card installed, then more often than not, when I select Ubuntu from GRUB, my screen goes black and the system will boot further. If I reinstall the drivers, the system boots correctly, but I don't have Unity. So, I am kind of between a rock and a hard place here: If I have the propriety drivers installed, I can boot but do not have Unity, and if I uninstall the drivers, Unity works, but it takes many tries to get Ubuntu to load successfully.
Any suggestions? Thanks.