I put Ubuntu 12.10 on an Inspiron 5150 with the NVidia GeForce FX5200. It was fully operational with Windows XP Home when I started. It now boots to a black screen with a mouse cursor. I formatted and reinstalled with it connected to the Internet, same result. When I tried failsafe video mode, that did not work either.
I understand that a new video driver is required and that it is available. I cannot find any directions that work for how to change the video driver if your current video driver is not working at all. I tried "sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates" but it says Cannot access PPA... please check your internet connection." I have downloaded nvidia-173-updates_173.14.35-0ubuntu1_i386.deb, but I am not even sure if that is the right file. Assuming that is the right file and I have it on a USB drive, can someone walk me through the process of installing the driver?
Thanks in advance!