Since I installed Freya on my PC every screenshot I take using 'print screen' key is black. I also tried using 'import' command with different options, but it only made opened windows visible on the images and my desktop was black. I had the newest AMD drivers installed from AMD website. My graphics card is Radeon R7 250x. The only solution I found on the internet was to upgrade kernel to new version and install AMD open source drivers and I updated kernel to 3.17 and installed the drivers, but it didn't help. I tried upgrading to kernel 4.0 and 4.1, but then I got black screen after boot. So now I'm using kernel 3.17 and AMD open source drivers and I still have this issue - all my screenshots appear black.

PS My display is not recognized by the system. Could this be the cause?

  • Same problem with AMD A8-4500M and fglrx
    – Suici Doga
    Apr 23, 2016 at 5:55

2 Answers 2


First, press Ctrl + Alt + F2, then press Ctrl + Alt + F7 and then take a screenshot.

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    I don't know why this answer is being down-voted, since it is a valid workaround for the problem.
    – lf_araujo
    Jan 5, 2016 at 23:09

This is a typical problem for AMD proprietary drivers. For it can not affect anybody, except AMD. Only one way out - use default free driver.

  • When do we need the AMD proprietary driver? Is there any different when we are using it?
    – JulianLai
    Jan 9, 2016 at 4:55
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    @JulianLai Less power consumption , better performance and no overheating
    – Suici Doga
    Mar 18, 2016 at 2:08
  • The free driver is very good in kernel 4.4 and 4.5 . I am going to try it since fglrx has lots of problems
    – Suici Doga
    Apr 23, 2016 at 5:48

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