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After installing Ubuntu on a machine with a Radeon 6530D graphics card, the machine will reboot to a black screen because of problems with the default graphics driver.

How do I install the proprietary ATI driver?

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This is how I installed the ATI driver for Ubuntu 13.10 and 14.04.

  1. Reboot. When the black screen appears, press some of the cursor keys and a box will appear with a message about an X server error.

  2. Press CTRL + ALT + F1 to get a tty terminal.

  3. Log in as root. The password is your own password that you set during installation.

  4. Remove the Xorg drivers. apt-get remove --purge xserver-xorg-video-ati xserver-xorg-video-radeon

  5. Reboot.

  6. Repeat steps 1-3.

  7. apt-get update

  8. apt-get install fglrx-amdcccle-updates

  9. aticonfig --initial

  10. Reboot.

You should now have a working desktop. You will find the AMD Catalyst Control Centre in the menu, although I have never found a need to change any of the settings.

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