I'm upgrading my computer's video card. I've been using the open source 'radeon' driver with an AMD HD4870. My new card is a nVidia GTX650 that I'm planning on using the proprietary drivers with.

I know if you're using the flgrx drivers for ati/amd, you have to remove those first before installing your new card. Since I'm using the radeon open source drivers, how do I go about making sure I don't reboot into an unworking display? Do I need to remove or otherwise make some sort of configuration prior to removing the HD4870 and installing the GTX650?


  • While not a duplicate, this question describes the exact opposite process (NVIDIA -> ATI). It's a pretty good starting point for solving your problem. I've never changed video card brands so I'm afraid I can't offer more help than that. – Tom Brossman Aug 10 '13 at 18:17

If you're switching from AMD to NVIDIA, you have several ways of doing this:

1 - Poweroff PC, put new card, remove old drivers, install new drivers

By booting the new card without the new drivers installed, will get you to a console terminal, no problem there, simply remove old drivers and install new ones.

2 - You can go to init 3 with the PC turned on, remove old drivers install new ones, shutdown and then insert new graphic card.

  • Then a new question. How do I go about removing the 'radeon' driver that my amd/ati card is currently using. I've been searching here and other forums, but everything assumes you're using flgrx with your amd/ati card. I am not. – user182955 Aug 10 '13 at 15:05
  • If the module is beeing used, i don't think it will let you remove it. You can simply remove a module by rmmod radeon – LnxSlck Aug 10 '13 at 15:12
  • Just to make sure I got it straight: I could boot my computer into init3, run rmmod radeon, and then install my nvidia drivers. That seem like a good direction? – user182955 Aug 10 '13 at 15:21
  • Yes. You can give it a go – LnxSlck Aug 10 '13 at 16:45
  • This ended up working like a charm. After installing my new nVidia card I booted into recovery from the Grub screen, then chose to drop into a root command line. From there I ran 'rmmod radeon' and rebooted. Ubuntu fired up, I was able to then install the nVidia proprietary drivers which installed just fine and are working well. Thanks everyone! – user182955 Aug 14 '13 at 13:48

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