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I've just bought a new laptop and am trying to install Ubuntu on it. This is the first time I'm installing linux on my own machine (I've used it on machines at work and school before, but I've never had to set it up).

The laptop is an MSI x460dx, with an NVIDIA Geforce GT 630m graphics card.

I am currently installing Ubuntu on the machine for the third time tonight because trying to update the Nvidia drivers has led to so much trouble I found it was easier to just reinstall.

I've tried numerous different methods of updating the nvidia drivers, including downloading the shell script from their website and running it as well as running a bunch of apt-get commands from the command line (as instructed by numerous online websites).

Everytime I install the new drivers, then restart the machine, it boots up at a 640x480 resolution, with no other resolutions available as options. I go to the nvidia xserver settings, and it says that I'm not currently running an xserver. No matter what I do I can't get past that error, and I've tried all of the solutions I could find on google.

I've been working on this for 6 hours at this point.

If there is any information you need to be able to help me, I'll do my best to provide it.

Update: lspci | grep VGA

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09) 
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation Device 0de9 (rev a1)
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is your laptop with nvidia optimus technology? Hybrid graphics? Post result of lspci | grep VGA –  Web-E Jul 17 '12 at 14:57
    
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09) 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation Device 0de9 (rev a1) –  MattS Jul 17 '12 at 17:53
    
Optimus isn't supported in linux by nvidia.Don't install the drivers from nvidia site. Use Bumblebee.Please see askubuntu.com/q/36930/35775 . There are some problem with bumblebee also for cards in 6xxm series. It is because the drivers for 6xxm cards released july only. I don't know whether the update is pushed to ubuntu repository. –  Web-E Jul 17 '12 at 18:22
    
See here also, askubuntu.com/a/162705/35775 –  Web-E Jul 17 '12 at 18:30
    
What do I do once I've gotten Bumblebee? –  MattS Jul 17 '12 at 18:30
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