I just installed Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon on my Samsung Series 5 netbook (dual boot with Windows 8.1, which I reinstalled myself).

The first boot worked fine but I then installed the package fglrx-updates for my AMD Radeon HD 8750M. And finally I installed the AMD Drivers and the Catalyst Control Center software.

Upon rebooting, the X Server didn't start and I can only use the console mode. I removed the fglrx-updates package with apt-get, but I don't know how I could remove the AMD Drivers.

Can you please help me restarting my X Server ?

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I finally made it to my desktop thanks to this topic : http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=137660

Just read his method starting from "the way that worded for me!".

To generate the packages for Linux Mint 17 you need to use this parameter : --buildpkg Ubuntu/trusty.


To uninstall the AMD driver :

sudo aticonfig --uninstall

That should make it.

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    This is a bad idea. Unless the drivers were installed manually, they should not be removed manually. Doing so could definitely cause issues with package management.
    – HalosGhost
    Jan 26, 2015 at 13:50
$ sudo apt-get install --reinstall ubuntu-desktop

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