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  1. #1

    Installed ATI radeon driver - now Linux won't boot


    I'm very new to Linux, I'm trying to ween myself off of Windows...

    I have Mandriva One, kernal 2.6.something.

    I have an ATI Radeon 9600 graphics card. Open GL was only running in emulated mode, (verrry slowly) so I downloaded this driver from ATI's website:

    I installed it all ok, and ran the 'aticonfig --initial' command. I then restarted, but Mandriva will not boot. It goes through the whole bootup process (where you can press Esc for verbose), then the screen goes blank and it hangs. If I press ctrl-alt-del, the screen comes back and it goes through the shuts down process.

    I guess I should really uninstall the ATI driver, but I don't know how to do this when I can't get into the GUI. I can get to the command prompt.

    Any help much appreciated. Please don't assume I know anything - I've been finding Linux commands pretty confusing!!


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    If you really want to uninstall the driver and you can get to the command prompt then do:

    cd /usr/share/ati
    sh ./

    (you need to be root to do this, so if you are at command prompt as a user then you need to "su" first)

    However, before uninstalling it would be worth having a look in the /var/log/Xorg.0.log file to see if there is an obvious error (look for lines beginning with (EE) )

    I had a similar problem and found that it couldn't load the driver because it needed libstdc++ version 5 installed. So I just installed that and it worked fine after that.


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    Thanks for the reply. At least if I can uninstall it then I can get back into linux.

    I think there is a problem with libstdc++ - I was trying to install firefox 2 and kept getting a message that it was missing. In the end I managed to upgrade to firefox 1.5 through the Mandriva Control Centre.

    How would I install / reinstall libstdc++ version 5?

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    To install libstdc++ you can either go to a command line and (as root) type:

    urpmi libstdc++5

    or using the GUI (Mandriva Control Centre->Software Management) type libstd into the search box and click search.

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