How do I install Nvidia drivers for Ubuntu 12.10? I have a GeForce GT 540m and have been trying to do this for the past 2 months with no luck. I tried the official repository, then I added the x swat ppa. I've installed Linux-headers-generic and Linux-source, and virtually every solution google has to offer.
Normally, i follow the sticky in this section (http://crunchbanglinux.org/forums/topic an-stable/)to install my drivers, and it works great for my desktop. However, i got a new laptop, and after going through the same process, I cant get it to work. Like i said, i have a GT 540M, so I'm not sure what package to install.
I have upgraded my laptop to dual boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.10, which is fine and all, but I have been updating the drivers on the Ubuntu side of things, but I have downloaded and executed NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-310.32.run from nVidia, which didn't work.
I started to get this error message:
and could only view the desktop in 640x480 which wasn't enough to do anything.
This is my first time using Ubuntu 12.04 and needless to say, I am quite lost. My laptop uses Optimus in windows, but In ubuntu I am assuming it opts for my GT 540m. My questions is how do I install proprietary drivers and is it necessary for them. Everything seems to be working, but in the system details it says "unkown" for my graphics.