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[ubuntu] Monitor not detected on laptop

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http://ubuntuforums.org – I installed Ubuntu 9.04 on my Compaq CQ60 laptop. The refresh rate is stuck at 0 and the display settings shows the monitor is not detected. I have tried installing the Linux version of the driver for my video card (NVidia GeForce 8200M G) but it downloads in the form of a .run file, and when I try to run that in the terminal, the terminal just opens and closes immediately. I am totally new to Linux and am clueless about anything that is not self-explanatory. Other than this problem I love Linux, but i really need to get this problem solved. Thanks for any help. (Hardware)