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    Question Karmic ATI Driver

    Just upgraded to Karmic, after the upgrade has finished it tells me that the driver doesn't work. It won't let me run Compiz or anything graphics-intensive like that.

    Two questions:
    1. How do I fix it?
    2. Why did it break in the first place?


    Really ****** off with these Linux graphics issues every time I upgrade.
    Thanks for the help.

    EDIT: Looks like I was running the old kernel.
    Last edited by Penguin Guy; March 7th, 2010 at 03:16 PM.

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    Wink Re: Karmic ATI Driver

    Not a whole lot to go on there. How about the output of this command:
    Code:
    lspci -nn | grep VGA
    Did you try jockey (hardware drivers) and or try to install proprietary one? What version?

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    Re: Karmic ATI Driver

    Quote Originally Posted by Penguin Guy View Post
    Just upgraded to Karmic, after the upgrade has finished it tells me that the driver doesn't work. It won't let me run Compiz or anything graphics-intensive like that.

    Two questions:
    1. How do I fix it?
    2. Why did it break in the first place?


    Really ****** off with these Linux graphics issues every time I upgrade.
    Thanks for the help.
    Every major version upgrade installs a new kernel version, and the restricted drivers are kernel version specific. So, if you're running the restricted drivers, you will have to upgrade them every time you upgrade Ubuntu versions.
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    Re: Karmic ATI Driver

    Umm.. actually your safest bet would be to uninstall any proprietary driver before upgrading.

    That said, you need to uninstall the old driver


    If you are using a driver that you downloaded from the ati site and installed it using the installer there is a removal script that you can use:
    Code:
    sudo sh /usr/share/ati/fglrx-uninstall.sh

    If you installed the driver using Jockey (hardware manager) then that means the driver is from the Ubuntu repository and has been packaged a little differently so you will need to remove it as follows (you may also need to use this method if you used dpkg to build and install the driver):
    Code:
    sudo apt-get purge xorg-driver-fglrx fglrx-amdcccle fglrx-kernel-source xorg-driver-fglrx-dev
    The driver also may replace the following files with proprietary versions so you may need to restore them to their generic state:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get --reinstall install libgl1-mesa-glx xserver-xorg-core
    If you use Envy to install the driver, use Envy and chose remove completely.

    Reboot into recovery kernel and use the fix-x option or "repair broken packages" to get to the generic VESA driver working. You can verify that the VESA driver is in use by checking in /var/log/Xorg.0.log.

    Then you can use hardware driver to install the driver or get the latest one from ati and install that instead.

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    Lightbulb Re: Karmic ATI Driver

    Sorry, looks like I was running the old kernel. Now I've updated grub to run the new one everything seems to be working fine.

    Thanks.

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