Most distros will offer the proprietary drivers in the package manager, the run file is used for manual distros like slackware or to create the packaged file.
I recommend trying something like ubuntu and going to the hardware drivers option and selecting to install the latest nvidia driver.
If you can share what distros you have tried, we may be able to find the instructions for the distro(s).
The distros I've tried are:
Zorin 6.2 / 64 (LIVE CD), Zorin 6.4 / 64 (LIVE CD), Zorin 7 / 64 (LIVE CD), Ubuntu 13.10 /64 (LIVE CD)
The problem with Zorin is that once I select boot the LIVE CD and "try it" and get to the desktop the wifi device isn't "seen" and the video screen is torn into 4 images. I can't get any farther because I can't use the Internet to load additional drivers for the video, even if there are any. I'm trying to find ANY distro that has these drivers in the LIVE CD before it is installed so I can navigate around and use it.
With Ubuntu, after I boot the LIVE CD and get to the "try it" screen and select "try it", it starts to load but the screen goes blank and after a few minutes I can hear the CD drive stop spinning and it goes no farther.
The video used in this Alienware 14 is an NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 765M with 2GB GDDR5
The wifi is a Broadcom 4352 802.11 ac 2x2 and Bluetooth 4.0
I found a video driver, that may or may not work, on the Internet. I downloaded the file: NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-319.60.run, but don't know how to load it after the desktop starts, even if I could navigate the desktop with the screen torn as it is.
I have tried this in "safe video" mode, and with the nomodeset switch, and it makes no difference.
Is it possible to create a package file from the run file and load it somehow after the desktop loads, if I can somehow navigate the torn desktop screen? How do I make the package file?
Ideally what I would like to find is a version of Linux that would render the video correctly and load the correct wifi drivers from the LIVE CD before installation, like I've been ably to do with all of my other laptop and desktop machines in the past, so I can try it before installation.
Thanks for the help,