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Tried installing Catalyst driver, now X doesn't start

asked 2013-03-20 10:26:13 -0500

oliveri gravatar image

updated 2014-09-29 00:01:48 -0500

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I attempted to install the drivers I need for a Radeon 4300 video card from rpmfusion, as the default driver doesn't manage my screen resolution. Now X doesn't start (failure message is that it hasn't waited "for Plymouth boot screen to quit" and I can't get to a command line.

What is the simplest way to get back to the default driver and a working system (starting with, how do I get to the command line)? I'd rather just do that than the other workaround I found in here, which was an elaborate way of downgrading X.

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answered 2013-03-22 10:08:23 -0500

ThomasMcA gravatar image

To boot into terminal mode, press "e" at the boot menu, arrow down to the line that starts with "linux", put a 3 at the end of the line, then press F10. Now you can use yum to add/remove video drivers.

Also, try deleting/renaming /etc/X11/xorg.conf, if it exists, then rebooting normally. That config file is no longer required, although it is still needed to enable custom options.

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