So, currently, the only way I can play Minecraft on my Windows install is by rolling back my driver. However, I don't like doing this, as the drivers are shoddy, buggy and don't work well with most of my other games. This means I"d have to continually switch between drivers depending on what I want to play.
My solution to this is to make a Linux Live USB, and play Minecraft from there. I have a few questions about this.
Will the Linux driver be likely to work although the most recent Windows one won't?
Also, as it's on a live USB install of Ubuntu, will my data be saved? Will Minecraft even work running from a Live USB?
First, what driver are you referring to? I assume it is the video card driver, but it always helps to have a make and model, since there is a big difference between the stability of the drivers for an older Nvidia and a newer one. As for playing off a live usb, if you create it with persistent memory it is entirely possible that you could run the game off it. But you would need gobs of ram to have any kind of decent gameplay, since the live usb OS will be running off your ram as well as the game. And as far as I can tell, this game loads up ram on linux. I have a couple linux machines, and I have noticed significant and steady decreases in FPS when I have the game open for periods of more than 15 minutes, whereas on my windows machine I don't notice it happening at all. I would suggest that rather than using a live usb, you just do a minimal install of linux, if you are familiar with that OS at all.