Ubuntu – AMD driver does not work on kernel 3.19.0-26


I am asking for a help or a fix for this black screen in Ubuntu 15.04.

The black screen contains the message starting version 219 and I am stuck in there for like a day already. Been trying to find a fix in Google but failed. So far I tried fixing it by going into the terminal using commands like:

sudo systemctl enable sddm.service -f

This command dint go through, because I don't have sddm in my system, so it failed. Next thing is, I found out, that my sddm was a lightdm, so I tried using

sudo systemctl enable lightdm.service -f 

…and same result, but this time, it got a message, that it is not meant to be activated through systemctl. Lastly I tried this one:

systemctl start lightdm

This goes in. After putting my password, it went through, but it went back to the black screen. Tried hitting the shift key, when I rebooted it, but it didn't work.

Best Answer

This is an Ubuntu bug resulting in an incompatibility between kernel 3.19.0-26 and the fglrx-updates package.

You can boot with the previous 3.19.0-25 kernel using grub.

This bug has been fixed already, but the new package did not reach the stable repository yet. It is released today and will reach main server today. Local mirrors may be updated a bit later.

You can download and install the patched package for 15.04 now from HERE


To fix it now press Ctrl+Alt+F1 when you get stuck on black screen. Then log into the console and run there:

sudo apt-get remove linux-image-3.19.0-26-generic
sudo reboot

But after you see fglrx-updates package is updated, you will need to run:

sudo apt-get install linux-generic

to restore the meta package to get kernels updated.

For Ubuntu 14.04.3 run:

sudo apt-get install linux-generic-lts-vivid

instead of the previous command.

Update Now this issue is completely resolved in repositories.