Latest Ubuntu 9.04 update kills remote display

Ahh, the joys of using Ubuntu 9.04. Somedays things work out well and some days they don't. Today, for some reason, the external monitor that I use quit mirroring my laptop display.
I have been using the open source driver for my Laptop (a Dell Inspiron 6000, with an ATI Mobility Radeon x300 graphics chip) with pretty decent luck.
With a little digging I decided to try out ATI's drivers . If things went crazy, I could always reinstall the default drivers.

You will need to install the driver packages and install the packages (this is for 9.04 only. For previous versions, see the above link.

sudo apt-get install xorg-driver-fglrx
sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh linux-restricted-modules-`uname -r`

The ubuntu tutorial suggests using the following command to enable the driver

sudo insmod /lib/modules/`uname -r`/volatile/fglrx.ko

However, the install put the drivers in a different place. You can find them by

sudo updatedb
locate fglrx.ko | fgrep /lib/modules`uname-r` > tmp

and then,

sudo insmod `cat tmp`


okay, I am slack. Never did finish this post. The point was that the drivers are flaky and ATI is NOT going to support this graphics chip. I've decided to bail on the Ubuntu and get a new computer.

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