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I have installed a fresh copy of Ubuntu 13.10 x64 and AMD Catalyst 13.12. When booting up, I see the Ubuntu logo splash screen for a second, then it just goes to a black screen. I am using the R9 290x graphics card.

Here is my install steps:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

sudo apt-get install build-essential cdbs dh-make dkms execstack dh-modaliases linux-headers-generic libqtgui4 lib32gcc1

sudo sh *.run --buildpkg Ubuntu/saucy

sudo dpkg -i fglrx*.deb

sudo aticonfig --initial -f --adapter=all

sudo reboot

Then system reboots, black screen.

Then I come upon this thread: patch

I remove my current installation of catalyst, reconfigure my xorg.conf.

I do the steps in the patch thread and then reinstall the catalyst 13.12 with the patch.

I get the same result: reboot and then black screen.

So I take a peek at the Xorg.0.log file and grep and see exactly this problem: Xorg.conf problem

I don't have a folder called /usr/lib64 or /usr/X11R6..., so I do the recommended change:

cd /usr ; sudo ln -svT lib /usr/lib64

Then I created the folder directories:

mkdir /usr/X11R6
mkdir /usr/X11R6/lib64
cp /usr/lib/dri/ /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/dri/

I manually copied the file to the X11R6 folders. This made the errors go away in the Xorg.0.conf files. I reboot, and same problem: see Ubuntu splash screen for a second, then black screen.

The system does seem to recognize the graphics card because when I do this:

sudo aticonfig --lsa
* 0.  01:00.0 AMD Radeon R9 290 Series

* - Default adapter

But when I do this:

sudo aticonfig --adapter=all --odgt
ERROR - X needs to be running to perform AMD Overdrive(TM) commands

So I try to start X:

sudo xinit

But it tells me that (EE) Server is already active for display 0

I tried turning off lightdm and restarting X:

sudo service lightdm stop
sudo xinit

Then I see the Lightdm saying it's being started and a bunch of text prints out.. but it stops at:

Loading extension GLESX
Loading extension AMDXVOPL
Loading extension AMDXVBA

Now I don't know how else to solve this.

share|improve this question… This will fix you right up nicely. – user246327 Mar 22 '14 at 14:59

ditto, had the same problem with 12.04.4 w/ LTS enablement stack lts-raring

you can go into the terminal via Ctrl+Alt+F1, do an lsmod | grep fglrx to verify the module is in fact fully loaded

It should show something like:

fglrx                5294837  69
amd_iommu_v2           19068  1 fglrx

Another thing you can try, does 13.4 work?

wget --referer=''
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