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I have an AMD CPU with radeon graphics card tower. When I tried to install 12.04 and 13.10 using burned disc I had problems with the graphics from the installation phase. 13.04 installed without problems and after the installation I downloaded the catalyst software which improved performance. I was wondering if upgrading to 13.10 using the notification popup that appears at startup is going to mess up the drivers again, or it should be safe?

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I had an AMD/Intel Hybrid Graphics Card with proprietary driver working well under Ubuntu 13.04 and I experienced a number of problems while upgrading to 13.10, and finally managed to get it done a couple of weeks ago.

I don't know much about the cause(s) of upgrading problems (which I never had before in years with Ubuntu) I experienced and how they disappeared as I took the precaution of disabling the proprietary AMD driver and switching to much more trouble-free Intel driver before upgrade on both occasions.

But my experience shows that it's very handy to use Clonezilla to backup your Ubuntu partition so that you can always go back in time in case of a disaster ;-)

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A simple way is to check!

  1. Get the Ubuntu 13.10 ISO.
  2. Get your hands on a USB drive or a Cd/DVD.
  3. Create an bootable USB/CD/DVD using unetbootin or multibootusb or any of your favorite software.
  4. Boot the device and check if everything goes well.
  5. If everything is fine, upgrade.

If you want to save some data, you can use the iso to do an in-place-upgrade. Just select install-->update existing OS.

The easier way is to upgrade!(blind dive in)

You can even ask someone with same/similar configuration using Ubuntu 13.10

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