I have been having some screen freezing issues on my new Ubuntu 16.04 system, and have been in the troubleshooting process for this issue. I thought it was a graphics driver problem, as I am running an AMD R9 380x card which was supposed to be fully supported by the open-source AMDGPU driver preinstalled with 16.04, but after looking around online, many people seem to have issues with. I thought the answer would be to install the recently released AMDGPU-Pro driver here, following the instructions from here. However, when I reboot I am getting a black screen. Is there an easy way to revert my changes back? My machine was semi-functional with the freezing issue but now with no video at all is useless to me. How to proceed?


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When your system is booted and you're at the black screen issue the following keyboard command: CTRL-ALT-F2. Login with your account. Then, run the command:


This should uninstall the driver and hopefully get you back working again.

  • This may happen if you have installed both nvidia and AMD drivers. You must also remove NVIDIA drivers and restore native ones. This helped me after following the above linuxconfig.org/…
    – eliteproxy
    Dec 26, 2021 at 5:08
  1. Power off your system.
  2. Power on the system, at the same time press on Shift key.
  3. Select advanced recovery option & enter your password
  4. Then type the command:

    mount -o remount, rw /    

    This will give read write permission.

  5. Run command:


    This will uninstall amdgpu-pro from your system.

  6. To shutdown system, run command: poweroff & then power on the system.


For me fixed by entering command line with CTRL+F1 then removing the drivers


and reinstall using the --px option

./amdgpu-pro-install --px
  • 1
    Do you have a reference for the --px option? I can't find documentation on what it does.
    – kalenpw
    Dec 14, 2018 at 16:54
  • @kalenpw, The readthedocs page mentions the --px flag in this link.
    – MrWm
    Jan 31, 2020 at 5:36
  • Worked perfectly for me, thanks!
    – Hans
    Jan 30, 2021 at 20:02

Press keyboard command: CTRL-ALT-F2 and Login with your account. Then, run the command:

sudo apt purge amdgpu*

Even after uninstalling amdgpu pro driver I still got black screen (even i executed the command X -configure), so I go to root shell by the option in recovery mode and removed the remaining driver. I guess it was amdgpu-dkms. I infer that Nvidia user should delete nvidia driver to get rid of black screen.

  • Same for me. Problem continued to occur with amdgpu-pro uninstalled, until I manually uninstalled amdgpu-dkms. Running Linux mint 19.3, kernel version 5.4.0-73. Thanks!
    – Muckee
    May 24, 2021 at 11:01

I suggest to never use official AMD drivers with Debian-based distros like Ubuntu.

To remove them, from a terminal, run:

sudo apt remove firmware-amd-graphics
sudo apt remove firmware-linux-nonfree

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