Ubuntu X Server And ATI Driver Problems
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Just because you can update your ATI driver doesn't mean you should want to do this.

Ubuntu Feisty's ATI Driver Sometimes Needs A Rollback

When I upgraded my PowerPC-based Mac Mini to Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) X Server wouldn't start.

I eventually traced the problem (through reading of various Ubuntu Forums, as I recall) to difficulties with the updated xserver-xorg-video-ati package. When I reverted back to version 1.6.6.3-2 from 1.6.7.152-1 the problem disappeared.

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When I recently updated my Linux installation using Ubuntu's Update Manager I forgot to uncheck the ATI update. Fortunately I realized this before I restarted. I Googled and downloaded the older package xserver-xorg-video-ati_6.6.3-2ubuntu6_powerpc.deb to the hard drive. When I rebooted into the Linux partition I reverted to this older package by changing to the director of the *.deb file, and typing dpkg —install x*.deb. (It was the only Debian file in that directory, so I could have just typed dpkg —install *.deb.)

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