Hello there!

I am new to Ubuntu and wanted to configure drivers for my graphics card an ATI 1650 AGP but only got half way. I succeeded with installing the drivers I downloaded from the ATI site(under root) but I think I was supposed to configure them on the Linux side. When I start Ubuntu I get everything but the final desktop. There is only a white background and my cursor. I am able to get to the Failsafe mode that is why I think I need some script to pull everything together.
Decided not to go with the "restricted" drivers because I got fatal errors with those. Can someone help me out? Thanks