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Old 09-29-2007, 04:47 AM   #1
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Problem installing the ATI Proprietary Driver

I'm running Kubuntu 7.04. I opted to install the ATI Proprietary driver "the Ubuntu way" by downloading the fglrx file and going into xorg.conf and changing ati to fglrx and rebooting. Only problem, when I rebooted, all I get is a blinking cursor. Fortunately , I made a backup of the xorg.conf file before hand. How do I get back to the desktop from this blinking cursor?

Compaq Presario 5000
384 megs of ram
ATI Radeon 9550 graphics card
Old 09-29-2007, 05:02 AM   #2
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Okay. Push ctrl+alt+f1 to get to a terminal. Login with your username and password. Check your log files in /var/log

cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log | grep EE
This will only display error lines in the xorg log file - post these up.

To return your original configuration:

sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf.backup /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Replace xorg.conf.backup with the file name of your backup.

This should return your original configuration, and give you a desktop which you can work from. Reboot the computer with:

shutdown now -h -r
Hopefully you will have a nice shiny desktop.


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