Before i begin, this will be a rather long post. Since everyone usually wants the specifics, here they are, up front:
My laptop specs:
HP pavilion dv7-2185dx, with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 graphics
Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q9000 @ 2.00GHz
Output of "uname -a":
Linux linux 3.5.0-17-generic #28-Ubuntu SMP Tue Oct 9 19:32:08 UTC 2012 i686 i686 i686 GNU/Linux
32bit desktop install disc used for installation. ("ubuntu-12.10-desktop-i386.iso")
If you need more information, let me know.
Sorry if this seems like a lot to read, but i feel it is better to be as descriptive as possible rather skimp the details.
I started out with Ubuntu 11.04 on my laptop, and i have since done a fresh install of 12.10 wiping out 11.04 .
I tried to install the fglrx driver, which has never given me a problem in the past.
After installing it and rebooting, i am told that the system is running in low graphics mode, and i need to reconfigure my display.
I had no idea how to fix this, as i have never got this error before, so i wiped it out and reinstalled Ubuntu 12.10 .
Now i am sitting here with 12.10 installed again, but not fglrx.
Could i use the older version of fglrx from my 11.04 installation?
I know that ATI has recently dropped support of some cards, but is this the issue?
I certainly hope not, as my laptop is only about 3.5 years old.
I am a backup nut, and stock pile anything i download via apt-get just in case i have need of it some other time.
I still have the .debs i grabbed from /var/cache/apt/archives from 11.04 , and going through them i see i had the following installed in 11.04:
fglrx_2%3a8.840-0ubuntu4_i386.deb , fglrx-amdcccle_2%3a8.840-0ubuntu4_i386.deb
For 12.10, this version got installed:
fglrx_2%3a9.000-0ubuntu3_i386.deb , fglrx-amdcccle_2%3a9.000-0ubuntu3_i386.deb
(I do run "sudo apt-get clean" and the like, but not until i back up the cache folder)
Any ideas what my next move should be?
I know there are open source drivers, but last i heard, they are prone to system slow downs and even increased system heat compared to the ATI drivers.
Any and all help and advice is appreciated, thanks for reading.