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    Video Card Drivers?

    I installed Lubuntu and it boots fine. It gets to the Lubunto splash screen and then goes to a black screen with a mouse pointer. I used CTRL+ALT+F1 and it takes me to a prompt screen just fine. I think i need to install a video card driver for this card:
    Mobility Radeon 7000. How do I download this driver using the prompt screen?
    I've searched around and found that i need the fglrx driver, but i am only able to get to terminal, can someone tell me a command to download an updated driver?
    Last edited by 122jdh; January 4th, 2013 at 01:12 AM. Reason: Updated information

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    Re: Video Card Drivers?

    122jdh; Hi !

    See if this will work for you.
    Boot to the login screen and log in (username followed by password)
    enter the terminal command:
    Code:
    jockey-gtk
    to try and load the Additional Drivers utility.
    (As we not know if X server has loaded at this time, may not load)
    then install the recommended driver.
    Reboot to see results:
    Code:
    sudo shutdown -r now
    "sudo" requires the use of your password -elevating privileges - will get no response to screen (security reasons).
    just try'n to help <== BDQ

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    Re: Video Card Drivers?

    using the first command you gave me told me it was not installed so I installed it.
    and then when i try your command it tells me that package is not installed?
    Im using Lubuntu 12.10
    Last edited by 122jdh; January 4th, 2013 at 01:48 AM.

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    Re: Video Card Drivers?

    When you get to the menu at boot, choose the kernel you want to use and hit 'e' to edit the entry (if you are not getting the list to choose from at boot hit Shift after the BIOS screen).

    Find the line that ends in 'quiet splash' or either quiet or splash.

    After a space, add 'nomodset' at the end of that line.

    Follow the instructions at the bottom of the screen to save and continue the boot.

    What happened? If this gets you in, get online, do an update, then check 'Additional Drivers' and see if there's something in there for your video card. The process of the update may install appropriate open-source drivers anyway. Good luck.
    Last edited by Bucky Ball; January 4th, 2013 at 01:53 AM.

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    Re: Video Card Drivers?

    im using an ibook there is no bios just open firmware. and i have no idea how to choose a kernel i just let it boot up.

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    Re: Video Card Drivers?

    122jdh; Lemme scratch my head a bit on this, I have lubuntu 12.04 and the jockey-gtk (aka Additional Drivers) is installed by default.
    Run this terminal command see where it is installed:
    Code:
    whereis jockey-gtk
    my output looks like this (ubuntu 12.04)
    jockey-gtk: /usr/bin/jockey-gtk /usr/bin/X11/jockey-gtk
    Be advised if we can not get Additional Driver utility via CLI, - which I thought to be the easiest method- will try via the grub menu at boot up -after bios loads--.

    hth <== BDQ

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    Re: Video Card Drivers?

    when i try that command i get
    jockey-gtk:
    and that is it.
    And ibooks do not have a BIOS.

    it boots to "first stage ubuntu bootstrap"
    and gives me the option of I for GNU/Linux or C for CD
    and then it goes to yaboot loader where it give the prompt boot:

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    Re: Video Card Drivers?

    122jdh;

    I am at a loss here.
    I have never seen an ibook, nor have I ever seen yaboot loader.
    As you can not get to a grub boot screen, all I know to do is try and install the jockey-gtk application. Did you do like this to install ? (as the whereis command indicated the package is not installed)
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install jockey-gtk
    and enter your password.

    still try'n to help <== BDQ

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    Re: Video Card Drivers?

    i used
    dpgk -s jockey-gtk
    to find out where it was installed
    i get these locations
    /usr/share/doc/jockey-gtk
    /usr/share/doc/jockey-gtk/copyright
    /usr/share/doc/jockey-gtk/changelog.Debian.gz

    but that feature was merged into the OS its now called software-properties-gtk
    Last edited by 122jdh; January 4th, 2013 at 03:30 AM.

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    Re: Video Card Drivers?

    122jdh;
    That again indicates that jockey-gtk is not installed. Installed package would have a long result inclusive of it's status as "install ok installed"; As well as lots of other info.
    Might try this as the package failed to install:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install --reinstall jockey-gtk
    hth <== BDQ

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