I have been running Xubuntu 16.04 without any errors on just the generic drivers that come installed by default. I decided I wanted to play some video games so I installed the AMDGPU-PRO drivers by following the directions here: http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/AMDGPU-PRO-Install.aspx

cd /tmp
tar -Jxvf amdgpu-pro-17.10-414273.tar.xz
cd amdgpu-pro-17.10-414273
./amdgpu-pro-install -y

now when I boot my computer, I see my motherboard startup screen and can access the bios, but if I try and boot the SSD my install is on, I just get a black screen it doesn't appear to be outputting a video signal. I've tried 3 monitors all with the same result, I am not too worried about getting AMDGPU-PRO drivers to work, just with getting my system bootable again. So my quesiton is how can I boot into a state that I can uninstall the drivers?

I've tried SSHing into my desktop from my laptop, but my desktop isn't responding to that.

For anyone looking into this currently, I never solved for 16.04, but a Radeon R9 390 with AMDGPU-PRO is working great on Ubuntu 18.04

5 Answers 5


Ran into this question while trying to solve the same problem, I solved it just by uninstalling amd driver.

  • Enter ubuntu Recovery mode while booting in.
  • Enable networking and mount file system using the recovery options.
  • Now "Drop to the root shell prompt".
  • Use amdgpu-pro-uninstall command to uninstall.

"exit" and everything should be back to normal.

  • I ended up reinstalling everything so I can't test this, but that definitely looks like what the right course of action would've been except I couldn't boot into grub to access recovery mode
    – kalenpw
    Commented May 15, 2017 at 18:09
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    Indeed the right approach! Got it removed with this method!
    – Numan
    Commented Oct 1, 2017 at 15:40

I had the same issue it is because of the modification to the initrd file in /boot folder. You can recover by reverting to the old initrd file stored in /boot as initrd.dkms.old. I didn't know how to do that, so I just reinstalled the OS.

Also, the amd install guide said that there is a amdgpu-pro-uninstall script in the extracted folder but there isn't.

Update if you find a way to reverting to the old initrd or another way to fix the problem apart from re-installation.

  • Yeah I ended up just reinstalling and am going to avoid amdgpu drivers a bit longer
    – kalenpw
    Commented May 15, 2017 at 18:08
  • This worked for me! Saved me hours of work not having to re-install. Thanks :)
    – Brannon
    Commented Jul 18, 2017 at 5:35
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    I found the amdgpu-pro-uninstall script was linked as /usr/bin/amdgpu-uninstall into /var/opt/amdgpu-pro-local/ as part of the installation procedure. Their docs have not been updated to describe that departure from their instructions.
    – Charles
    Commented Jun 23, 2018 at 22:25

If you are looking for the amdgpu-pro-uninstall script for newer installs it can probably be found in a different directory (as mentioned in the comments), try


There is an --uninstall option in amdgpu-pro-install.sh.


It seems that the amdgpu-pro-uninstall sh file is missing at least in my case However in the amdgpu-install.sh file there is an uninstall function called by dryrun

if [[ "${OPTIONS[*]}" =~ "dryrun" ]]; then
    echo PACKAGES: ${PACKAGES[*]}
    return 0

Try /var/opt/amdgpu-pro-local/amdgpu-install --dryrun

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