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After installing the new AMD Catalyst beta driver (14.6), my system hangs at the boot screen, however I am able to access the TTY terminals.

I installed fglrx as follows:

  1. Downloaded the drivers from AMD's official site
  2. Generated the .deb packages using the --buildpkg option
  3. Installed the generated packages
  4. Ran sudo amdconfig --initial

I have also tried deleting and modifying the xorg.conf file, but for some reason it gets overwritten on every reboot.

Does anyone have an idea on how to solve this issue? I am very frustrated with this problem and would greatly appreciate any help.

I do not want to use the open source drivers. I am trying to install and run the proprietary AMD driver, nothing else.

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    You should report bugs in the Catalyst beta driver directly to AMD. Their bugtracker is at ati.cchtml.com What card are you using? – bain May 30 '14 at 14:36
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AMD recently removed support for some graphics cards from there driver. Find out whether you are affected.

First remove the installed driver:

sudo apt-get remove fglrx fglrx-updates

Alternatively you can use the *.run file you downloaded from AMD website to remove the driver:

sudo bash *.run --uninstall

Clear fglrx apt cache:

sudo rm -r /var/cache/apt/*fglrx*

If you need to switch to the Ubuntu's default open source driver, execute:

sudo apt-get install xf86-video-ati

Or install the Ubuntu verified proprietary driver:

sudo apt-get install fglrx-updates

  • I am not affected, my graphics card is fairly new (AMD Radeon HD 7560D). – Toby May 31 '14 at 9:55
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There's also instructions on the AMD website about removing the drivers entirely and revertiing to the xorg open source drivers:

sudo aticonfig --uninstall
sudo sh amd-driver-installer-x86.x86_64.run --uninstall 
sudo sh /usr/share/ati/amd-uninstall.sh
sudo apt-get remove fglrx*
sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.removed

The second and third commands may not run in your system, depending upon how the drivers were installed. The fifth command may need to be changed to restore a prior version of the xorg.conf file - you should examine the contents of the /etc/X11 directory to determine if you need an earlier version that the fglrc drivers installed.

  • I have already removed the driver multiple times and everything went back to normal. However, I do not want to use the open source drivers. – Toby May 31 '14 at 9:52
  • I've got a couple of computers with the same issue - I'd like to use the AMD drivers because there is a heat buildup issue with the laptops my wife uses, however the AMD drivers are not able to detect and operate the graphics card. – Charles Green May 31 '14 at 14:27

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