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    Can't install ATI proprietary drivers in 12.10. Unity is Missing

    I have a laptop with ATI Radeon 6770M HD Hybrid graphics card. In Ubuntu 12.04, I installed the fglrx driver through "additional drivers" and it worked. (I can even switch GPUs). But in the new Ubuntu 12.10, after installing, Unity won't load.

    Only the mouse and the wallpaper. If I initialize the settings sudo aticonfig --initial then after rebooting it gives a warning saying I'm in low graphics mode! How to fix this?

    PS : Even tried the drivers from AMD website (both the old 8.* and the new 9.* drivers)

    PS 2 : Earlier i used software source to install the drivers. But when using the terminal, I got this warning :

    Code:
    update-alternatives: warning: forcing reinstallation of alternative /usr/lib/fglrx/ld.so.conf because link group x86_64-linux-gnu_gl_conf is broken
    Full installation log :

    pubudu@lap1:~$ sudo apt-get install fglrx-updates
    [sudo] password for pubudu:
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    The following extra packages will be installed:
    fglrx-amdcccle-updates
    The following NEW packages will be installed:
    fglrx-amdcccle-updates fglrx-updates
    0 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    Need to get 85.1 MB of archives.
    After this operation, 254 MB of additional disk space will be used.
    Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
    Get:1 http://lk.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ quantal/restricted fglrx-updates amd64 2:9.000-0ubuntu3 [79.4 MB]
    Get:2 http://lk.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ quantal/restricted fglrx-amdcccle-updates amd64 2:9.000-0ubuntu3 [5,747 kB]
    Fetched 85.1 MB in 16min 38s (85.3 kB/s)
    Selecting previously unselected package fglrx-updates.
    (Reading database ... 159905 files and directories currently installed.)
    Unpacking fglrx-updates (from .../fglrx-updates_2%3a9.000-0ubuntu3_amd64.deb) ...
    Selecting previously unselected package fglrx-amdcccle-updates.
    Unpacking fglrx-amdcccle-updates (from .../fglrx-amdcccle-updates_2%3a9.000-0ubuntu3_amd64.deb) ...
    Processing triggers for ureadahead ...
    ureadahead will be reprofiled on next reboot
    Setting up fglrx-updates (2:9.000-0ubuntu3) ...
    update-alternatives: using /usr/lib/fglrx/ld.so.conf to provide /etc/ld.so.conf.d/x86_64-linux-gnu_GL.conf (x86_64-linux-gnu_gl_conf) in auto mode
    update-alternatives: warning: forcing reinstallation of alternative /usr/lib/fglrx/ld.so.conf because link group x86_64-linux-gnu_gl_conf is broken
    update-alternatives: using /usr/lib/fglrx/alt_ld.so.conf to provide /etc/ld.so.conf.d/i386-linux-gnu_GL.conf (i386-linux-gnu_gl_conf) in auto mode
    update-initramfs: deferring update (trigger activated)
    Loading new fglrx-updates-9.000 DKMS files...
    First Installation: checking all kernels...
    Building only for 3.5.0-17-generic
    Building for architecture x86_64
    Building initial module for 3.5.0-17-generic
    Done.

    fglrx_updates:
    Running module version sanity check.
    - Original module
    - No original module exists within this kernel
    - Installation
    - Installing to /lib/modules/3.5.0-17-generic/updates/dkms/

    depmod.......

    DKMS: install completed.
    update-initramfs: deferring update (trigger activated)
    Processing triggers for ureadahead ...
    Processing triggers for bamfdaemon ...
    Rebuilding /usr/share/applications/bamf.index...
    Setting up fglrx-amdcccle-updates (2:9.000-0ubuntu3) ...
    Processing triggers for initramfs-tools ...
    update-initramfs: Generating /boot/initrd.img-3.5.0-17-generic
    Processing triggers for libc-bin ...
    ldconfig deferred processing now taking place
    Last edited by THPubs; October 19th, 2012 at 02:26 PM.

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    Re: Can't install ATI proprietary drivers in 12.10. Unity is Missing

    Hi,

    I've had the same problem. Please try this:

    Code:
    sudo sh /usr/share/ati/fglrx-uninstall.sh
    sudo apt-get remove --purge fglrx fglrx_* fglrx-amdcccle* fglrx-dev*
    
    sudo rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    
    sudo apt-get install --reinstall xserver-xorg-core libgl1-mesa-glx libgl1-mesa-dri libgl1-mesa-glx libgl1-mesa-dri
    
    
    sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
    
    sudo reboot
    It helps me but unity doesn't work well with default drivers.

    Anyone help how to install ATI proprietary drivers in 12.10?

    Thanks

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    Re: Can't install ATI proprietary drivers in 12.10. Unity is Missing

    Just had to say I upgraded 12.04 and was greeted to a nice wallpaper and cursor with no unity.


    I have AMD 3870K APU with radeon HD 6550 built in.

    SO, I thought that upgrade failed so I installed 12.10 fresh and once it was up and running in software sources on the new tab where they moved the "additional drivers" it said reboot to activate new drivers and I did and when it came back on I have desktop with mouse but no unity again.


    Going back to 12.04 for a while I guess. this is strange.

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    Re: Can't install ATI proprietary drivers in 12.10. Unity is Missing

    Got an error message while trying to install from the terminal "update-alternatives: warning: forcing reinstallation of alternative /usr/lib/fglrx/ld.so.conf because link group x86_64-linux-gnu_gl_conf is broken". See the first post for the full installation log.

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    Re: Can't install ATI proprietary drivers in 12.10. Unity is Missing

    I had to install linux-source and linux-headers-generic and then reinstall fglrx. After that everything worked great.

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    Re: Can't install ATI proprietary drivers in 12.10. Unity is Missing

    Quote Originally Posted by alienfungi View Post
    I had to install linux-source and linux-headers-generic and then reinstall fglrx. After that everything worked great.
    Did you install fglrx from the Ubuntu repo or used the driver from the AMD(ATI) website?

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    Re: Can't install ATI proprietary drivers in 12.10. Unity is Missing

    I installed fglrx-updates through synaptic package manager (the Ubuntu repo). I didn't try the version from amd's site.

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    Re: Can't install ATI proprietary drivers in 12.10. Unity is Missing

    Quote Originally Posted by alienfungi View Post
    I installed fglrx-updates through synaptic package manager (the Ubuntu repo). I didn't try the version from amd's site.
    I also tried but didn't work I faced a similar issue with my PC which have an Nvidia driver. For that, installing the kernel sources fixed the issue.

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    Re: Can't install ATI proprietary drivers in 12.10. Unity is Missing

    Personally, I had tried to install fglrx-updates by command line and afterwards compiz didn't load so when I logged in I had no unity bar or window borders. Turns out you need linux-headers-generic as well.

    This is all you need to do:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic fglrx-updates

    If you've already installed some combination of the driver you can try installing linux-headers-generic and see if that fixes the issue. If not, uninstall everything like this:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get remove --purge fglrx fglrx_* fglrx-amdcccle* fglrx-dev*
    And then run the command above, reboot, and it should work. Note that I tried restarting lightdm after installing the driver and it didn't work right, I had to do a full reboot for it to work.

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