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The desktop environment loads (I can use ctrl+alt+T, for example) but neither the topbar nor the unity launcher appear on the desktop.

dmesg | grep NVIDIA

[    2.592879] NVRM: loading NVIDIA UNIX x86_64 Kernel Module  304.88  Wed Mar 27 14:26:46 PDT 2013
[    3.262291] NVRM: Your system is not currently configured to drive a VGA console
[    3.262293] NVRM: on the primary VGA device. The NVIDIA Linux graphics driver
[    3.262295] NVRM: requires the use of a text-mode VGA console. Use of other console
[    3.262295] NVRM: drivers including, but not limited to, vesafb, may result in
[    3.262296] NVRM: corruption and stability problems, and is not supported.

sudo cat /var/log/syslog | grep NVI

Apr 19 23:31:35 monster kernel: [    2.149532] nvidia: module license 'NVIDIA' taints kernel.
Apr 19 23:31:35 monster kernel: [    2.592879] NVRM: loading NVIDIA UNIX x86_64 Kernel Module  304.88  Wed Mar 27 14:26:46 PDT 2013
Apr 19 23:31:36 monster kernel: [    3.262293] NVRM: on the primary VGA device. The NVIDIA Linux graphics driver

Tried this, http://askubuntu.com/a/215020. Not sure where to go from here.

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Did you install it in the desktop environment or did you temporarily change the kernel command line and do a text boot and install it from text-based console? –  doug65536 Apr 20 '13 at 6:48
    
Desktop environment. Although, I was able to to get it working by reseting compiz and reseting unity as per omgubuntu.co.uk/2013/04/… I had to do it twice before anything popped. Seems to be working just fine now though (after 5 successful reboots) –  Brandon Bertelsen Apr 20 '13 at 6:51
    
Great. If you have any further issues, I strongly recommend the "experimental" 310 drivers (nvidia-experimental-310). I had a lot less issues with it than the "current" one. As far as I can tell (a couple of weeks of constant use, including TF2 gaming) the 310 drivers are perfect for me with GTX 580, but on 12.10 though. –  doug65536 Apr 20 '13 at 6:56
    
I think that's the big difference. My understanding is that 12.04 /12.10 drivers for NV are pretty stable. 13.04 is still in beta (at least for a few more days), so I just wanted to throw it out there see if anyone had a fix. –  Brandon Bertelsen Apr 20 '13 at 7:17
    
@BrandonBertelsen For kicks I tried installed the nvidia-current and yes, after that Unity does not load. i changed the video card (From 560ti to 460 to 9500) and the problem was still there). Had to again use the xorg ppa. I would recommend going here and doing the PPA from Xorg first askubuntu.com/questions/61396/… –  Luis Alvarado Apr 20 '13 at 21:46

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For me, resetting compiz and unity a few times worked.

dconf reset -f /org/compiz/ 
unity --reset-icons &disown
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Now that you have answered your own question, accept your answer to the question, so that it can be resolved. –  Max Tither Jun 17 '13 at 1:59

nvidia-xconfig should fix this. I provide more details in my answer to Unity not loading on 13.04 with nvidia-current.

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