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Okay hi guys, I've tried multiple solutions to other (similar) problems posted here but sadly they don't yield anything good :(

My stuff:

  • Acer Aspire V3-471G
  • Intel Core i5-3210M
  • Currently using 14.04 32bit

(My laptop worked fine with 12.10 and 13.04 32bit)

My graphic cards:

  • Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller (rev 09)
  • NVIDIA Corporation GF108M [GeForce GT 630M] (rev a1)

(I got the graphic cards info from sudo lspci | grep VGA)

I installed from a live usb. I've done it countless times before.

Though this time, when the live usb booted up I got a "playlist update failed" error. So I closed everything and did some research. After all that, I booted the usb, pressed any key at the "Keyboard and Man" page and I accessed the boot options. I then activated the "nomodereset" option and selected the "Install Ubuntu"option. Then everything went smoothly. Everything installed well and all that. Yay.

The installation completed and I ended up in the login screen, I entered my password and waited a minute or so from the delay and everything loaded quite fine. So far so good.

Then I started doing the usual stuff. Updating, Upgrading, loading repositories, and installing what I wanted.

One of the things I installed was VLC because I like watching music videos, and anime, and movies and all that. I also installed Steam because I play DotA 2 a lot.

Now the it was only then that I saw multiple problems.

  • My system lags when I resize any window.
  • VLC lags when playing videos.
  • DotA 2 interface does not display correctly.
  • Also when I do any of these 3 (or anything similar) my CPU performance spikes despite having four cores working

So of course I pinpointed the problem to one of my graphic cards. It can't be intel cause I never had problem with it so it must be Nvidia (also it seems to be very notorious among ubuntu users)

Most of the forums/questions/answers/tutorials I've seen pinpoint the drivers being used as the problem since Ubuntu forces me to use the open source Nouveau drivers which basically doesn't work well for Nvidia. So I prompted to get the proprietary Nvidia drivers.

What could go wrong right?

Well I was able to find out that the driver I need is the 331.79 So I downloaded it and followed instructions.

I booted to tty. ran the sh *insert nvidia installer here.run* file ran the xconfig thingy so that my laptop will use the nvidia drivers and rebooted

Now of course I'm calm because my problem is supposedly solved.

Apparently not, after loggin in at the login page, I just got the wallpaper and my cursor. Nothing else. Another problem great.

Anyway you get the gist of my problem hopefully.

I've tried so many stuff like using bumblebee, nvidia-prime, etc. I just want my nvidia chip to work so help please? :D

Oh right now the solution I'm using is installing 32bit instead of 64bit (Yeah I tried 64bit first since my hardware is supposed to be able to handle it) I haven't tried installing the nvidia driver yet but I'll update soon.

Sorry for my lengthy question but I just wanted to put everything on the table hahaha thanks :D

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