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Changed my hardware from Nvidia to AMD in PC pretty much for gaming on my windows install. But now i have booted back into Ubuntu and its taking a hissy fit at the change of hardware.

I want to remove all types of drivers, X11 configs, EVERYTHING. Then start from scratch. I have been un-installing and reinstalling drivers for past couple of days with no luck of getting catalyst running successfully.

Any help would be great thanks alot.


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If no nvidia hardware is present it shouldn't be loading nvidia stuff, i did the same and never had a problem installing catalyst, now if you want to remove the nvidia drivers search for them using apt-cache search nvidia-* or use Synaptic and search for nvidia then uninstall. – Uri Herrera Jul 31 '12 at 20:50
This question is about going the other way round, the answers might help nonetheless: Uninstalling ATI's drivers and installing Nvidia's? – Gilles Jul 31 '12 at 21:33
I found that last night mate thanks. Will update my question with how i did it soon. – LinuxBill Aug 1 '12 at 10:11
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Right here goes on how I fixed this.

After uninstalling and reinstalling the drivers multiple times, it wouldn't successfully install the catalyst drivers without some form of issues.

sudo apt-get remove --purge fglrx fglrx-amdcccle

This removed all the AMD drivers or what was left from previous installs.

sudo apt-get --purge remove xserver-xorg-video-nouveau
sudo apt-get purge nvidia-current

Both of these commands then removed what I had from Nvidia drivers.

I then rebooted and instead of installing the AMD drivers from apt-get I used the additional drivers in the system menu. They installed fine and i rebooted again. And boom! They were there.

The thing was I had tried using the additional drivers option before only for it to fail. but not to bother it worked and im now using the latest drivers. I made a complete hash of this one and its not a great solution but a solution nevertheless.

Thanks Bill

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