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Hey guys I tried running Ubuntu for the first time with my 3850 and, let me tell you, it was the most un-fun experience I've had with Gutsy, ever. I was running around in loops trying to get the right drivers.

First, I couldn't get the X.org fglrx drivers to work at all... somehow they were disabled in the restricted module. I went into the restricted module and removed the fglrx from being disabled, still had no luck. I, then, went to Ubuntu forums and tried their workarounds. I tried this, I tried that, I tried Cat 8.3, my head started hurting from using an 800x600 resolution after being used to the 1600x1200 that I use in Windows.

I eventually said screw it and tried to reinstall Ubuntu, but I can't boot from the CD!!!!

So, now I'm stuck at that I have to get drivers or else I can't use Ubuntu (everything is shown with a green tint and it is hardly readable) and I cannot reinstall, so I need to find a way out.

EDIT: I'm gonna be booting back and forth from Ubuntu and Win, I'm currently in WinXP.
    
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Have you tried Envy for you ATI drivers?
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What I meant to say was, on my laptop I have a X1650 mobility.
X.org fglrx would not work, I was stuck at 480x240.
I installed envy, and ran it. Found my drivers, restart, and boom, 1280x800.
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No, I haven't tried Envy... I'll try that as I have the Cat 8.3.run file sitting on my desktop.
    
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Ok, I tried Envy and it didn't work!!!



I'm trying it again... I'm uninstalling everything that has to do with displays and starting out fresh. Well, display related anyways.
    
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Triple post, I know, but I finally got it to work (somehow). Now I got a new problem. I cannot get Ubuntu to stay in a 1600x1200 resolution. Every time I restart, it goes back to the eye destroying resolution of 640x480.
    
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In a terminal type:

Code:
fglrxinfo
and it should come out with something like this:

Code:
display: :0.0  screen: 0
OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc.
OpenGL renderer string: ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT
OpenGL version string: 2.1.7536 Release
If it says MESA anywhere in there, the drivers are not installed.

What I would do is uninstall any drivers you may have in the system, which will depend on how you installed them in the first place. After you do that, reconfigure your xserver:

Code:
sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
... chose VESA as the graphics driver and the default options for the rest (unless you want to change them). Reboot and log back in.
Open a terminal and install dependencies:

Code:
sudo apt-get install build-essential fakeroot dh-make debhelper debconf libstdc++5 dkms ia32-libs
Once that finishes, run the installer:

Code:
sudo sh ati-driver-installer-8-3-x86.x86_64.run
... chose the automatic option and let the installer do its thing. Once back in the terminal:

Code:
cd
sudo aticonfig --initial
Reboot.
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This is what I got:
Code:
display: :0.0  screen: 0
OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc.
OpenGL renderer string: ATI Radeon HD 3850
OpenGL version string: 2.1.7412 Release
So my drivers are installed, but how can i stop it from resetting to the ungodly resolution of 640x480 after rebooting?
    
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Try messing around xorg.conf and add your resolutions to it.

Code:
sudo gedit etc/X11/xorg.conf
Your "Screen" section should look something like this:

Code:
Section "Screen"
    Identifier "aticonfig-Screen[0]"
    Device     "aticonfig-Device[0]"
    Monitor    "aticonfig-Monitor[0]"
    DefaultDepth     24
    SubSection "Display"
        Viewport   0 0
        Depth     24
        Modes    "1680x1050" "1600x1200" "1440x900" "1400x1050" "1280x1024" "1280x960" "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubSection
EndSection
If you already have all your resolutions listed, you could try deleting them all and just leaving the one you plan to use. Fglrx has problems with monitor EDID detection, which could lead to resolution problems.
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this happened to me (with an 8800gts) i think it was lower than 64-x480 though, i couldnt even see the reset button to shut it down, lol. ended up just doing a hard restart, fixed itself though.
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