Had the system running smoothly on my Core I-7 laptop with a Nvidia 540M card using the nouveau driver. Decided to install nvidia drivers from synaptic (used the metapackage) and when done the system started to boot, went to a black screen and just sat there. This isn't good as installing a driver from the repos should not tank a system.
I made a remaster before I did this so I could reinstall to get everything back but I wonder if it's worth the effort? I've installed nvidia drivers on this laptop with many distros and it's never been an issue as everything went smoothly...
You have to blacklist nouveau driver and configure Xorg after, check here:
Not very user friendly I see. I wonder how many folks do what I did and load the driver from Synaptic and blew up the system.
Works fine on the Buntu based systems, probably why they're more popular...