Comment 118 for bug 642518

Agronskey Hooper (redxsage) wrote :

This seems to still be an issue for me... Perhaps there is something that, being an absolute newb, I am thoroughly overlooking. For that I sincerely apologize, but I would like just a bit of assistance if possible.

After several attempts neither Synaptic Package Manager nor Update Manager will complete either an Installation or Removal of whichever version of fglrx is currently on my system. So I'm hoping there is a way to take care of this from the command line.

According to Synaptic Package Manager the latest version of fglrx is '2:8.723.1-0ubuntu5 (lucid-updates)'. What should I type into Terminal to either Force or Fix the installation of that specific version of fglrx? Alternatively, how do I revert to whatever my most recent driver configuration that worked may have been (from about mid-July) instead?

I'm thinking it might be something along the lines of 'sudo apt-get -f install [package name]' to accomplish the feat. Can anyone advise me as to whether it should be a full package I acquire in this manner, or individual components of it instead? Any help would be very much appreciated.

What makes this so extra special super happy fun time is the fact that I can neither install or uninstall anything else because some script somewhere on my system is still trying to install the original 'new' fglrx that keeps failing. So this one update has destroyed my ability to update anything else at all. Even when it is marked to be left 'as is' within Synaptic Package Manager, the first thing that happens when I click Apply is that I get the now overly familiar error message that reads cryptically, 'E: /var/cache/apt/archives/fglrx_2%3a8.723.1-0ubuntu5_i386.deb: subprocess new pre-installation script returned error exit status 1' ... Joy.

I don't intend to give up on Ubuntu, but at this point it seems I may have to finally give up on AMD/ATi in favor of Intel/nVidia. That really would make for a sad day in terms of my personal sense of independence. Before I go out and buy new hardware though, I may instead simply reinstall Ubuntu from scratch, but I'd like to avoid that as well, assuming it is not absolutely necessary. Thanks, everyone!