One never knows if there will be strange differences based on having different hardware or settings. If you try this and get it to work another way, please post a comment describing what you did. For reference, the system I'm using is an AMD 64-bit machine with an NVIDIA GeForce G210.
This will probably work on any Ubuntu distro provided that it is current enough.
DISCLAIMER: If this happens to render your computer incapable of displaying anything useful on your monitor, I am not responsible. Be prepared with a backup of your X-server configuration file and a live CD to undo the changes that the installer file made. If replacing the X-server configuration file with your backup does not solve the problem, you'll have to look up another solution and complete the process on your own because I am too lazy to do it here.
That being said, installing the driver fixed the above problem for me when Ubuntu decided to be completely incompatible with my graphics card, which I had to remove before completing this process.
Step 1: Determine which NVIDIA device you have - skip this if you know
All commands will be preceded with a colon and should be typed without quotation marks.
Open a terminal and type: "lspci"
Below is a screenshot of what I got when I did this.
Look for "VGA compatible controller" or "Display controller." This should show you the device's ID number. Mine happens to be 0a60. To find out what this translates to , I did a Google search which came up with this helpful forum post (see pictures): http://forum.notebookreview.com/gaming-software-graphics-cards/490809-nvidia-geforce-ion-quadro-198-05-whql-drivers-ms-update-released.html
This showed me that I have an NVIDIA GeForce 210.