Originally Posted by mott555
Lol I feel your pain. I recently set up my desktop to dual-boot Windows 7 and Kubuntu just because I barely know Linux and wanted to get comfortable with it. I got it installed okay but I need the proprietary NVIDIA drivers to enable dual-screen and allow me to play Minecraft. That said, every single Ubuntu/Kubuntu/KDE guide I can find on how to install NVIDIA drivers to Linux does not work. Every single one requires me to open system dialogs and menus or use CLI commands that simply do not exist on my install.
I did get BackTrack 5 successfully installed (I minored in Computer Networks and want to learn a bit more about network security) on my laptop but boy was that a process. Getting X.org to work involved deleting a bunch of cryptic .kcache files from my system, twice. Getting on my WPA2-secured wireless network required writing a 50-line script (it just works if it's not secured, WEP, or WPA, but WPA2 is totally different for some reason). Getting NVIDIA drivers installed has been impossible. And if you run into a problem you better hope someone else has encountered it and fixed it and blogged about it because if you go to the BackTrack forums, admit you're a newb, and try to ask for help, everyone turns elitist and calls you a moron and tells you to go back to Windows.
I'm sure Linux is nice once set up and once you're comfortable, but it's the initial learning curve that puts me off every time I try to use it. When I can't get something to work I always switch back to Windows out of frustration. Unfortunately I usually don't have time to spend hours googling various forums and browsing blogs to do something that happens automatically on Windows or at least only takes a few minutes to do.
to install nvidia drivers, the unubuntu way:
open up terminal type:
sudo apt-get install nvidia-current
will install the proprietary drivers, their a few releases behind, i think like 260 or something like that.
do use the official nvidia drivers, that are upto date.
open up terminal:
sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r)
^this here you might not need, i know the actually ubuntu and xubuntu comes with what you need to build the drivers, just not sure about kubuntu as they have different packages to each other.
echo options nouveau modeset=0 | sudo tee -a /etc/modprobe.d/nouveau-kms.conf
sudo update-initramfs -u
it should restart in vesa mode, drop out of x, open terminal:
sudo service gdm stop
might have to switch to another console (ctrl+alt+f#), login.
navigate to where the nvidia's run file is located.
chmod +x NVIDA*.run (at the asterisk hit tab button if its there it will auto fill in the rest.)
./NVIDIA* (at the asterisk hit the tab, will autofill the rest, hit enter.)
follow the onscreen directions, it will make the module and install it, also install the 32bit-opengl libs, and at the end of it it will ask you if you want the nvidia installer to configure xorg for you, tell it yes. restart, and it should start with the new driver.
you can also go dual screen with nouveau driver, you will need to go into display settings, and enable the second monitor on a separate x (not hard to do, its got a gui) it wont allow you to drag windows from one desktop to the other. xinerama will, but its no longer maintained and i don't believe it works with KDE 4.4+ (i could be wrong.)