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The script does more than you might have thought, you do not need single user mode, it kills kdm/gdm or whatever, uninstalls previous driver, installs new one and patches xorg.conf. After that X is started again. The commands I told you are just to delete the driver if you do not want to use fglrx at all.
Possibly, but I couldn't install it from a Gnome-Terminal. There was a complaint that X interfered, or something, so I rebooted.
It suggests to press ctrl+alt+f1, if that does not work:
True, but I didn't get to chvt 1 step. I'm not sure what might be wrong with my setup, I often get messages about "hdb" and "hdc" are not ready yet (yes I do know two of my cdroms are broken, but...). Still, that stalled the installation, so I rebooted.
I run XFS, which might be extra sensitive to faulty hw?
Why Phoronix is all the time advertising these drivers with such emphasis? All the time I read words such as "great" "the drivers had a long run" etc etc followed by hate comments.
A bit comical, isn't it?
I decided to change my ATI-based laptop a few weeks ago with an X3100 based one. True, bugs are there due also to the newness of the 965G chipset, but at least I can pull out new releases from git almost every week seeing that bugs reported to freedesktop.org get *really* fixed.
There's no reason to keep an AMD/ATI card. One of the biggest hardware companies is behaving like they don't have enough money to spend on decent developers.. hard to believe but true.