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I have Ubuntu 12.10 64 bit and a Nvidia card GT430 and installed 304.60 Linux driver manually and it worked beautifully until the latest Ubuntu update which got modified to 3.5.0-18 Kernel. Everything has gone: launcher, windows I can't move them it got USELESS. I tried to run the previous kermel 3.5.0-17 with which the driver was working well. I gto the same desktop. USeless - So the problem is something else I guess but it has to do with the update that's for sure- Any idea what to do? Now I have to switch back to Windows 7 which I don't want in order to able to work until an update will come up.

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Every manually installed driver must be rebuilt against each new kernel. Simply boot in recovery mode and re-run the Nvidia driver installer. –  mikewhatever Nov 8 '12 at 5:59
    
@mikewhatever - How does one do that? I'm similarly afflicted, but have no idea what commands to run. –  Konklone Nov 8 '12 at 15:20
    
But what if the driver is not compatible with the Kernel? –  Janos Fejos Nov 8 '12 at 15:54
    
@Konklone Run the same command you've used to install it, just from the recovery mode, in other words sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-304.60.run. –  mikewhatever Nov 8 '12 at 16:01
    
@JanosFejos Nvidia drivers usually have very good kernel compatibility. What makes you think it's incompatible with 3.5.0-18? Have you tried rebuilding yet? –  mikewhatever Nov 8 '12 at 16:04
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I was able to solve this by following rft183's approach here:

Desktop does not show when I installed nvidia drivers!

Basically, install the linux-source and linux-headers-generic packages, then reinstall the nvidia-current-updates package (it worked for me just by providing the --reinstall flag, I didn't need to remove the package). Then reboot.

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Well it seems it got fixed But I'm not sure how. I followed the steps what @Konklone posted than I downloaded and reinstalled the latest Nvidia driver manually. I rebooted. It didn't get fixed right away than I thought: It has to do with Compiz and Unity too because both got crashed. So than I'm guessing I reset both Unity and Compiz but here is the thing: I don't really remember which command line was the curing pill. Unity --reset or Unity --replace ( --reset got deprecated) or Compiz --replace I don't know how but it got fixed for now. –  Janos Fejos Nov 9 '12 at 2:48
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