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Odds are, if X failed to start properly, trying to start it again from a terminal will not work, as X is still lying unconscious on the floor. When you switch to the shell, can you see a prompt and typing?
What make/model computer; what processor; what model Catalyst; how much memory; what error messages, if any and if any are visible, appear when you try to startx (a digital photo might help)?
Also, it might be best to put the log files somewhere that they can be posted in the clear. Many persons might be leery of compressed files, because folks have gotten burned in the past.
So, Wiki is updated (german version) and here is a great howto from AMD. Easy to oversee it while searching for the latest catalyst driver. Solution was to use the aticonfig --uninstall command and NOT the purge orde
recommended by the Ubuntu Wiki.