I’ve just upgraded my Ubuntu 10.04 installation to 10.10 Maverick Meercat and encountered an issue with X failing to load.
During the upgrade, Ubuntu complained about the upgrade of the fglrx proprietary driver. I didn’t think too much of it – I was of course going to let it continue.
After the reboot, the screen stopped at a purple screen of death. Not good.
Rebooting, the same thing happened.
- At the Grub menu choose Rescue Mode
- Choose drop to netroot shell
(WARNING: Don’t select drop to root shell unless you’ve set a root password, most default Ubuntu installs won’t have this set)
- Log in as yourself
- Sudo edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf and make sure it only contains these lines:
Section "Device" Identifier "Configured Video Device" Driver "vesa" EndSection
Section "Monitor" Identifier "Configured Monitor" EndSection
Section "Screen" Identifier "Default Screen" Monitor "Configured Monitor" Device "Configured Video Device" EndSection
- Type startx
- On your desktop’s menu choose “System… Administration… Additional Drivers”
- Choose “ATI/AMD proprietary FGLRX graphics driver”
- Restart your computer