So I decided to try coming back to Ubuntu again after my crappy Windows 8 trial experience has run out and still having the same major issues I had with Ubuntu before. My problem is that any Nvidia driver I put onto my system through any methods simply crashes my system and makes it unusable. I've used the methods that Nvidia specifies through their read-me and set everything manually, used Jockey, installed through apt-get and they all just crash the system. I thought in my last attempt that it may have been due to the fact that I accidentally upgraded to xorg 1.13 and couldn't roll back to 1.12, but I just did a full clean install and have'nt upgraded anything xorg related to see if anyone might have some suggestions on what might be the problem before trying to install drivers again. I think one part of the scenario is that my card, although a 9600 GT, is an off brand and may not be like the other 9600 GT sets. I think that because I had issues with running the Nvidia 310 driver update when I was running Windows 8.
Sorry for the long description, I just want my card running on Ubuntu and to be able to play some games nicely so that I don't have to go back to Windows again. Thanks in advance to anyone who can help.