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My laptop is Lenovo T400, running Ubuntu 10.10.

  1. My problem: I just run jockey-gtk and installed ATI/AMD proprietary FGLRX graphics driver. But after reboot, there is a short period of graphical "Ubuntu" and then instead of starting X-window it completely changed to command line to ask me to login. Even after login and then issuing xinit, it still failed to start X.
  2. To solve this problem: I followed this post, where one person suggested to

    you can simply write

    sudo apt-get remove fglrx

    This worked for me. If it doesn't work, then try

    sudo apt-get remove xorg-driver-fglrx

    and restart.

    I actually don't need the driver anyway, so I issued the first command after login under command line.

    But after reboot, the situation is even worse, and there is now even no command-line interface to ask me login, instead the screen is completely blank with just some ambient light in the background and Ubuntu is hanging there probably forever. So I have no chance to try the second command the person suggested.

I was wondering what I can do now to solve my problem? Thanks and regards!

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An obvious thing you could do (and probably have done) would be: Did you try Ctrl+Alt+F1 (or F2 or F3) for a virtual console? – luri Mar 14 '11 at 15:28
@luri: I did try that, nothing happened, still blank screen. – Tim Mar 14 '11 at 15:32

This is happening when you after the removal the ATI drivers some bits are left in the system.

Could you please try following steps and get back here.

  1. apt-get purge fglrx -modaliases fglrx amdcccle fglrx-kernel-source xorg-driver-fglrx xorg-driver-fglrx-dev

  2. rm /etc/ati

  3. rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf*

  4. rm -rf /usr/share/ati

  5. Reboot.

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