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Every time I try to install a driver for my videocard, Unity crashes, and I just start up with an empty desktop. I've had this problem with both Nvidia and AMD carts. Only the Nouveau drivers + Nvidia card seem to work.

Current specs:

  • Motherboard: Tyan Thunder K8WE S2895
  • CPU: 2x AMD Opteron 250
  • RAM: 4x Samsung 512 MB
  • Videocard: MSI Radeon x600

When I look at Settings > Software sources > Additional drivers, it just says:

No proprietary drivers in use.

At first my system also doesn't detect my GPU at all, but with the meta-utils package it does. If I then go to the AMD site and download the driver the site says I need for my card, which is still from 2009. That thing just doesn't work, so I searched some more, and found another one that did work, but then my Unity display completely disappeared. I also tested it with a Nvidia Geforce 620 GT, the system automatically detects it, and it will automatically use the Nouveau drivers. With that card I have about 4 other options in the additional drivers menu, but every other driver from Nvidia also makes Unity disappear, and thus makes doing anything with the computer almost impossible.

Does someone know what causes this, and more importantly, how I can fix it?

Thanks in advance.

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Which distribution version? 12.10? 13.04? Something else? –  doug65536 Apr 28 '13 at 11:37
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