My Linux Mint 12 KDE 64-bit setup on Lenovo w520

Question: is there a reliable and consistent way to use an external monitor running Linux on Lenovo w520? I’ve tried many ways without avail: Fedora, Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Debian, Sabayon with various desktops, nouveou, bumblebee, Nvidia’s drivers, tinkering BIOS. To me as an IT professional, Nvidia Optimus is a net negative, because it makes it impossible to connect to an external monitor, at least for now, which is a huge drawback!

So if you have pointers, I’d really appreciate it if you can share, dear reader.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install gvim-gnome
sudo apt-get install terminator
sudo apt-get install ruby
sudo apt-get install rubygems
sudo apt-get install git
sudo apt-get install quicksynergy
sudo apt-get install ack-grep

sudo gem install vagrant
sudo gem install veewee

Got errors during veewee install:
Invalid gemspec in [/var/lib/gems/1.8/specifications/json-1.5.4.gemspec]: invalid date format in specification: “2011-08-31 00:00:00.000000000Z”
Modify /var/lib/gems/1.8/specifications/json-1.5.4.gemspec, change the date format to 2011-08-31

Similar error happened while running vagrant, fix the file mentioned and all is well.

Firefox extensions:
Pentadactyl, makes my Firefox accepts Vim like commands, a fork of Vimperator
https everywhere
Adblock Plus
Downthemall

Download and install VirtualBox
sudo dpkg -i virtualbox-4.1_4.1.8-75467~Ubuntu~oneiric_amd64.deb

The step above has dependency issues, ran command below to resolve:
sudo apt-get -f install

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