[ubuntu] graphics card troubles

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http://ubuntuforums.org – alright here is my problem i have a 2007 build alienware aurora mALX laptop, I would like to use the invidia diver for my graphics cards, but every time I download the driver and reboot ubuntu(11.10) fails giv me the following error code and two other errors that are different every time. the disk drive for /Dev/mapper/cryptswap1 is not ready to use then the monitor shuts down am I missing packages or something? anything you can offer would be helpful thanks side note: I will be taking a holiday this weekend and will not be able to respond (Hardware)