Installed Ubuntu 14.04 with acpi=off, nolapic, and nomodeset to get it to skirt around my discreet graphics card only to find it running super slow. The frame rate was terrible. So I decided to install vvidia drivers. I downloaded the .run and made it executable with chmod. It wouldn't let me start it with X server running so I terminated that process. Boom, GUI gone. I did some weird trickery to get it back. I'll include the links of the different places I took advice from:
There are a few others but those are the major ones. I'm totally new at this. But I'm committed and I want to learn linux. I just don't know the right commands to rebuild my GUI and properly install my video card. It took me FOREVER to get it installed in the first place.