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Thread: Interrupted release upgrade and broken AMD driver install

  1. #1
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    Mar 2014

    Interrupted release upgrade and broken AMD driver install

    I seem to have broken my system hard.
    It started with me wanting some Compiz effects. I have a Dell Inspiron 14z with a AMD Radeon HD 7570M card. The card showed up in the output of lspci but not in Ubuntu's system details. I had earlier installed drivers for my card about a year ago from AMD's website which had solved this problem then. However, it seemed to have reappeared. Expecting better support from a newer Ubuntu version, I decided to do a sudo do-release-upgrade but canceled it midway with Ctrl-C because the upgrade was taking very long due to Internet problems. I think that is where the real problem starts.
    Because of the unfinished upgrade, my repositories were in a state of flux. Not realizing, I proceeded to install drivers following the instructions here. I then realized that I was following the page for the wrong distribution so I cleaned up the software repository list through Synaptic and switched over to this guide.
    I encountered problems with some packages being newer than others and managed to downgrade some using aptitude. For example, I ended up with different versions of libgl1-mesa-dri and libgl1-mesa-glx but the install went through so I figured everything is okay.
    Since the restart, I have been encountering the "System is running in low graphics-mode" error. I have spent the past two hours trying all the fixes suggested here but to no avail.
    Finally, sudo apt-get install fglrx errors out pointing to /etc/ati/fglrx-uninstall.log which reports that certain files are "missing from system": /usr/share/ati/lib64/, /usr/share/ati/lib64/, /usr/lib/fglrx/switchlibGL, /usr/lib/fglrx/switchlibglx, and others.
    How do I recover from this so as to boot normally into Ubuntu?
    Last edited by wsaleem; March 18th, 2014 at 05:05 AM. Reason: Added information.

  2. #2
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    Jul 2006
    Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet

    Re: Interrupted release upgrade and broken AMD driver install

    I had all sorts of problems with a Radeon graphics card. I posted the solution here:-
    Registered Linux User #426227

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