Re: Yet another ATI driver thread
Well, the first thing I would suggest is to not run everything in your thread into one big blob of text. Hard to read. Hard to follow.
Second, what part of hacking around with the X-server did you think was a GOOD idea?
If you're going to hack around with stuff that basic in Ubuntu, you need to learn how to make full image backups, because, considering the damage you have done, it may be the only way to get back to where you started. Recommend you check out using Clonezilla in the future for doing full disk/full partition backups and restores.
The fact is that your card is too old to have any current ATI Linux drivers. The ones you're talking about date back to May of 2009, and as you have discovered, require breaking the X-server in order to get them running.
My advice is to consider one of the following:
(1) replace the ATI drivers with open-source -- and just live with the shortcomings. You will get decent video, some special effects, and minimal acceleration.
(2) replace your old video card with something newer that WILL work with current Ubuntu versions. In the ATI world, this means an HD 3x/4x/5x card.
Ubuntu 15.04 Mate, Mint 17.1; MS Win 8.1, Win10 TP.
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