I have a problem very similar to this guy: Desktop does not show when I installed nvidia drivers!. I have the same problem with the desktop not being present when I install choose the nvidia drivers from the software sources dialog.
I've trie the answer mark as the solution, but this doesn't help me. Still get the same result / bug.
I've also tried just to reconfigure it, like this guy says: http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=12303179&postcount=4, but that didn't help me either.
Then someone suggested that I should try Bumblebee. I followed the installation (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Bumblebee#Installation) and after the reboot the resolution was still crappy, but this time the desktop did show up, but with bad graphics and I couldn't use
optirun and it turned out that bumblebee couldn't start.
I hope someone might know whats wrong or what I'm doing wrong.
I have a Lenovo W520 with a nvidia Quadro FX 880M and I'm running ubuntu 12.10