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Today the release candidate of Ubuntu Jaunty came out. Ofcourse I want to use the latest and greatest Ubuntu! After running ‘updatemanager -d’ to do a dist-upgrade I got a warning that fglrx (ATI proprietary driver) wouldn’t work. Pff so what, I want to upgrade…

Dist-upgrading to Jaunty didn’t go smooth. But who said this is a easy road when you try beta stuff. First I had to run the upgrade from the terminal with ‘do-release-upgrade’. When it was finished (to early..) I ended with a broken upgrade. Fortunately I succeeded to upgrade after booting into recovery mode with the option ‘fix dpkg’.

Hmm all seemed well after booting but I endedup with all strange lines on my laptop screen. No login screen, even when I tried the open source ATI driver. Seems the flgrx driver interferes with the radeon driver…

See: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/X/Troubleshooting/FglrxInteferesWithRadeonDriver

Fixed it with:

  sudo /usr/share/ati/fglrx-uninstall.sh  # (if it exists)
  sudo apt-get remove --purge fglrx*
  sudo apt-get remove --purge xserver-xorg-video-ati xserver-xorg-video-radeon
  sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-ati
  sudo apt-get install --reinstall libgl1-mesa-glx libgl1-mesa-dri xserver-xorg-core
  dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg

Now Jaunty is running like a crazy kralting using open source ati drivers. Compiz works great even with a dual head setup. There one flaw when playing 3D games (like Nexuiz) Ubuntu freezes…

3 Responses to “Ubuntu Jaunty upgrade with ATI/AMD graphics”

  1. on 28 Apr 2009 at 2:41 Matthew Bauer

    Thanks, trying your method now.

  2. on 29 Apr 2009 at 17:43 Dave

    Thanks this fixed me too.

  3. on 08 May 2009 at 3:08 Edward Blakely

    I thought my upgrade had completed successfully and ran off to work as it rebooted — got a call from the wife a couple hours later that she was unable to use it, and had an odd screen. Thanks to these instructions, I was able to remotely fix the video. ;-)

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