$ lspci | grep VGA
00:0d.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation C61 [GeForce 6100 nForce 400] (rev a2)

The default nouveau driver messes up the dash launcher. Clicking on the dash icon causes visual artifacts to appear on the desktop

screen with orange/green bar

Eventually the screen freezes altogether and I have to do a hard-reset.

When I try using nvidia-304 from Additional Drivers, it is even worse. Basically the whole desktop freezes like this

dash icons distorted, rest of screen black

I can switch to another tty and reboot.

How should go about solving with either driver?

I've tried unity-tweak-tool and disabling some stuff like animations and blurred launcher bg, but it did not help.

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