I'm fairly new to linux, but enjoy it very much. The problem I'm having, is getting a display going on this machine, xps15. The gpu is a GT420M and optimus seems to be causing all the problems. Machine is currently dual booting windows 7 and ubuntu 10.10. I get fatal server error: no screens after startx, tried fix-vesa, dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg, and nothing seems to get a display. Md5 is good and the usb boots from a desktop fine. It is BT4 R2. Is the optimus gpu hopeless?

After starting networking, was able to apt-get update and run sudo apt-get install nvidia-driver, but no luck. Tried apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-intel also.