First off, my apologies if this is a duplicate but I could not find anything specific regarding my graphics card.
So as the title states, I have purchased a new laptop with an AMD Radeon HD 7640G graphics card. (detailed specifications).
I was able to install Ubuntu on the laptop without any problems whatsoever. My next step was enabling the proprietary drivers (Catalyst 12.11) from the Additional drivers menu (jockey). That's where I got stuck.
Open Source drivers do not appear to support the graphics card mode
After installing FGLRX, my notebook now doesn't boot up properly anymore. It displays the splash screen but then gets stuck in a shell. At this point I am not able to enter any commands so I'm forced to do a hard reboot and get into recovery/low graphics mode.
Shown in this image below:
I would love to make FGLRX work.
What I've tried so far
Get the latest catalyst driver from AMD website (Catalyst 12.11 beta 8),
Set the .run file to be able to execute (chmod etc)
run it in terminal
initialise the driver by:
sudo amdconfig --initial -for
sudo aticonfig --initial -f
Is there anything I'm overlooking. Any suggestion on what I might be doing wrong? Or is there maybe another way of installing FGLRX?
I might not have provided enough details in this post. So if there's any other information you need to help me with this problem, please let me know and I'll be glad to add it.
Right so an update. I have managed to install the 12.10 driver from catalyst and when I reboot, I get the login screen etc. After I log in, it loads my desktop background, but it does not appear to load unity or anything else. Literally just gets stuck on a desktop background.
Following the 'Answer' marked below this, for both the catalyst 12.10 and 12.11 beta, the problems are still persistent:
It would appear that Catalyst 12.10 is consistent and can get me as far as the log in window. After logging in I get the desktop background but nothing else. From here I was able to load
Terminal and run
ps -ef | grep unity which confirms unity has not launched.
After attempting a few variations for installing this driver, it still passes the Ubuntu splash screen and then fails to progress any further. Shown in the image above.
Log files from xorg and sys (assuming it's ok to post links here from a file host)
If anyone would like to look at my log files to help you can get them from the links below: