- May 20th, 2013
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First, I am getting consistent freezes in boot up at lightdm before login prompt after installing amdcccle driver from and support website.
After rebooting and dropping to a root prompt before X I try to do Xorg configure but I get an error about X not being able to make lock file in /tmp so I type mount /tmp. Then I get an error that Xorg can’t copy var/log/Xorg.0.log to /var/log/Xorg.0.log.old or something so I mount /var. Now I get error could not insert nvidia_304.
I finally booted by dropping to root, remounting / rw by typing “mount -o remount,rw /” and then running Xorg -configure. I got a shit ton of errors but the key to solving this mess was to take the output file found in /root, xorg.conf.new, and moving it to /etc/X11/xorg.conf. As soon as I rebooted, it worked. Now to make sure there are no vestigial parts of the fglrx or nvidia kernel modules that were causing me problems!
One thing that may have helped is that I blacklisted the nvidia_304 module in /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf. Also I deleted /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-fglrx.conf. I was curious what was in it and it turned out that in this conf file was a directive to blacklist the radeon driver which is the one I wanted.
So I finally fixed my video problems. A little backstory is necessary to frame this correctly. A while ago I got an upgrade that included a new apu from amd which meant no more nvidia binary driver. I didn’t look back but more importantly I didn’t uninstall the nvidia shit. I was about to give up on the opensource radeon driver and install the proprietary amdcccle-updates fglrx driver when it told me that it would have to UNINSTALL nvidia-common and nvidia-304 and nvidia-current and some other stupid nvidia settings file. It removed a bunch of kernel modules, rewrote the linux image, and then I ran glxgears and it finally worked. Time to try steam.