I have many problems with my current configuration, which is
Homebuilt desktop, with AMD X3 425 CPU and integrated Radeon HD 4200 graphics.
Currently the system is dead having failed the upgrade from 12.10 to 13.04, except that it is a dual boot with Win XP which still works.
Some time ago, when I did the 12.04 to 12.10 upgrade, I had driver problems. I think it was with the 'nouveau' driver, which I replaced with an AMD ATI one.
Recently, I did a normal online upgrade to 13.04, I got the famous 'running in low graphics mode' problem.
Steps taken so far:
1. Tried various updates to fglrx, failed
2. Discovered that AMD no longer support my HD 4200. So I tried the Makson trick (http:// https://launchpad.net/~makson96/+archive/fglrx), which I had used successfully on another PC upgrade to 13.04, which had worked.
Here it did not work.
3. I downloaded the DVD and tried a 'repair' install. But this failed early on with Grub not installing properly. I could have set up a new version of Grub on a different partition, but was worried about the Win XP dual boot. Knowing what a pig Win XP is with dual boot, I really do not want to disturb my dual boot. Going down this path could easily require a full Win XP re-install.
So, I need some ideas.
- clean up any old traces of fglrx and then try the Makson trick again?
- clean up any old traces of fglrx and try with Nouveau drivers? They failed me in 12.10 but maybe things are different now?
- find a way around the Grub problem?
Thanks for any advice