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I'm probably way too stubborn but I have tried to install Nvidia closed source drivers on many distros, and three different machines always with basically the same problem.
I remove all traces of the open source Nvidia, kill X, and install. It goes smoothly until I let it update with nvidia-xorg config. As soon as it does that, slim won't start. If i delete xorg.conf it loads x without a problem, but I'm pretty sure that I'm not using Nvidia drivers. The only error I can find is in my /var/log/slim.log "Fatal error: No screens found"
I have a core i3, and a Geforce GT 520M, When I type lsmod I see both i915 and nvidia loaded, but that doesn't necessarily mean they are doing anything right? How can I tell.
As for using xorg.conf. I see so many post of people who seem to effortlessly get this working? what am I doing wrong here?