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Boot screen in low graphics/text mode

The situation before this all happened is pretty standard. I have a HP Pavillion dv5 laptop with an ATI Mobility Radeon 4200 series. It always worked fine with Ubuntu for as long as I can remember. However, at one point, something happened and truly made a majestic mess of things. It might've been extra repos I enabled with Ubuntu Tweak - I do not know. But something made it so that my system would not boot any longer.

And when I say "won't boot", this is what I mean: - Durning a normal bootup, any entries (except Windows) selected with GRUB (or BURG, not even sure which one I'm using anymore) will spawn the Ubuntu loading screen - then try to start X (or GDM) 5 times. The screen goes to dark, black and back to the Ubuntu loading screen. Then it just stays there until I spawn another TTY.

I have no idea what is happening or why. There are no errors in my logs, and I'm truly at a loss here.

I've linked three files: Xorg.0.log, the output of dmesg and the GDM log:

Let me know if any of you more knowledgeable folks can restore some sanity in my life. Any help is greatly apreciated.

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marked as duplicate by nitstorm, jrg Feb 24 '12 at 19:21

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I have the same problem on my ATI Technologies Inc RV730XT [Radeon HD 4670] My solution now is just to use 2.6.35-24 and things work fine. I have not tried the purge yet.... will come back and update if that works. –  hansioux Feb 20 '11 at 7:03
    
i tried reinstalling fglrx and get the same thing with kernel 2.6.35-25, while things works fine with 2.6.35-24. I get a segmentation fault when i do startx with 25. –  hansioux Feb 25 '11 at 15:30
    
@pluc Please put a link to the gdm log here as a comment. Also let us know if you have been able to solve the problem or not, if you have, then please do answer your question and accept the answer :) –  nitstorm Feb 24 '12 at 0:35
    
Also FGLRX (Catalyst 11.6) is it compatible with kernel 2.6.39 provides insight to the asked question. –  nitstorm Feb 24 '12 at 0:44
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Try to reinstal fglrx with

sudo apt-get purge xorg-driver-fglrx
sudo apt-get install xorg-driver-fglrx
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@izx This is an answer, not a comment. It provides explicit instructions for solving the problem. I doubt they would work, but it's still an answer (and it wouldn't be any better as a comment). –  Eliah Kagan Aug 15 '12 at 21:23
    
@EliahKagan: I only partially agree--"have you tried this?"-type short "answers" are IMO better put as comments. (And yes, the auto-comment inserted by review-beta isn't well-phrased). –  izx Aug 16 '12 at 3:35
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