My laptop is the Acer Timeline Ultra M5-481TG. It has an Nvidia Geforce GT 640M LE gpu. I am running Ubuntu Studio 12.10.
I have tried to install this driver many ways because Nouveau eats my battery and I believe is somewhat out of date. I have even tried using
sudo stop lightdm in another console. I have tried
nvidia-experimental-310, and the
.run file of their website. Every time I open
nvidia-settings it tells me to run the
nvidia-xconfig' as root then restart X. I tried this both in X and with X stopped in an alternate console. I have also installed
bumblebee and that did nothing to get the Nvidia X Driver running. I installed
jockey-common as well and enabled these drivers using it, but again to no avail. When I run
nvidia-xconfig it does create the necessary changes to the config file, but these don't result in it actually running or resolving the error. I have read very many articles and tried so many things. i.e.
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa and of course
apt-get upgrade, and
apt-get dist-upgrade. I have purged and reinstalled everything in numerous ways looking for just the right combination, no luck thus far.
This has eaten hours of my time! Please help and thanks!
sudo apt-get remove nvidia-common nvidia-current nvidia-settings && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade && sudo apt-get install nvidia-common nvidia-current nvidia-settings && sudo jockey-text -e kmod:nvidia_current && sudo nvidia-xconfig && sudo restart lightdm
I made a "meta"-command for lulz and to give it one last shot. Still no luck.