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I have been using (or trying to use) Ubuntu for a while now. I cannot for the life of me get any proprietary NVIDIA drivers to work in 12.04, 12.10 or 13.04. I've tried every method posted on these forums and the wider internet to no avail.

The closest that I have gotten is by following this guide: http://falkvinge.net/2013/02/15/how-to-install-nvidia-drivers-in-ubuntu-12-10-quantal/ which manages to actually install NVIDIA drivers but results in a lack of unity when logging into the system, as well as constant system error messages. This is in 13.04, trying this method in 12.10 just stops Ubuntu from booting at all.

I couldn't even get 12.04 to boot once installed, I was just faced with a blinking cursor that did nothing (I like to call this the cursor of death, I've seen it enough times now).

I'm using a Packard Bell iXtreme Desktop with an NVIDIA GeForce GT610 that I have installed myself. If you require any logs to help then I will happily provide them to you as long as I can get to them through terminal.

Please help, I only have one workaround at the moment and it's called Windows!

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And you tried everything mentioned here: askubuntu.com/questions/61396/… –  Luis Alvarado Apr 26 '13 at 18:43
If it is not working, IMO you may need to file a bug report. If you are using the open source driver (nouveau) you file on Launchpad, if you are using the closed source driver, file with Nvidia. –  bodhi.zazen Apr 26 '13 at 18:46
@LuisAlvarado that post is amazing but still doesn't work! I'm going give it another fresh install and one more attempt before I file the bug report. –  user150255 Apr 27 '13 at 9:27
@user150255 excellent choice. Do a fresh install and let us know how it turns out. –  Luis Alvarado Apr 27 '13 at 15:33
You may have done this, but make sure that your model of Nvidia card is supported by the driver. Almost all of them are, but there's a few oddballs out there that aren't. Don't go back to Windows :-) –  Freedom_Ben Apr 27 '13 at 17:47
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