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I've tried both Nouveau and the NVIDIA Binary Blob, and both are terrible in terms of performance, lag and graphics corruption. The binary also doesn't support the native resolution in console mode and requires you to use nvidia-xsettings to change anything. Both have been blacklisted for Ubuntu Unity shell as far as I can tell. What am I to do with the graphics drivers on this PC?

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I think this LINK is useful for you. – Mohammadhassan Esfahanian Sep 5 '12 at 15:37
Are you using the NVIDIA binary drivers packaged with Ubuntu, or the installer from NVIDIA? – Jacob Hume Sep 5 '12 at 15:46

Your best option would be to search for ubuntu recommended nvidia drivers via synaptic package manager. Look for synaptic package manager in your install and if it doesn't exist you need to install it using sudo apt-get install synaptic via terminal. I think nvidia-glx will be the right one for you. Open synaptic manager and search,install both nvidia-glx and nvidia-xconfig. After that run sudo nvidia-xconfig using terminal and go for a reboot. And make sure you blacklist the other ones.

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I should add, there is a package called nvidia-detect available via synaptic. Install it, and run sudo nvidia-detect in terminal before you follow what i said above. It will suggest the right driver for you. It should be nvidia-glx. – paintbox Sep 5 '12 at 16:46
nvidia-detect doesn't seem to exist in the repos, and nvidia-detector returns none – Adam M-W Sep 6 '12 at 15:03
Have you gone to additional drivers section to look for a suggested driver? Also take a look at this thread. It suggests a working driver. – paintbox Sep 7 '12 at 12:03
You should also try your luck with nvidia-glx. Assuming you know how to get back if it goes blank, try installing it via command line. sudo apt-get install nvidia-glx nvidia-xconfig and run sudo nvidia-xconfig. reboot. – paintbox Sep 7 '12 at 12:08

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