So I've seen a lot of these questions and tried a dozen different solutions with no luck. This is the latest one in case it matters (https://www.benjaminwiedmann.net/fix-nouveau-driver-issues-on-ubuntu-12-04-install-nvidia-drivers.html).
Two issues that came up that I couldn't get past or find useful material on were:
update-alternatives: error: no alternatives for gl_confwhen running
sudo update-alternatives --config gl_conf
You do not appear to be using your NVIDIA X driver. Please edit your X configuration filewhen running
lspci -nnk | grep -iA3 vgaest -p:
01:05.0 VGA compatible controller : Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI RS780C [Radeon HD 3100] [1002:9611] Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device [1043:82ee] Kernel driver in use: radeon Kernel modules: fglrx, radeon 02:00.0 VGA compatible controller : NVIDIA Corporation GF119 [GeForce GT 520] [10de:1040] (rev a1) Subsystem: XFX Pine Group Inc. Device [1682:301a] Kernel driver in use: nvidia Kernel modules: nvidia_current, nvidia_current_updates, nouveau, nvidiafb
Any ideas on where I could go from here would be greatly appreciated :)