cadj and zero79 Thanks for all your help.
I did the lsmod and saw that the module was not loaded so as you guys pointed out, it had to be another problem.
I found information from this site which helped out.
In the log file I noticed, as this site points out, that the errors were caused by not being able to find gcc-3.3. I did an apt-get install gcc-3.3 and the module then compiled. I reconfigured XF11 file and the driver loaded properly.
I do an lsmod now and can see the nvidia driver there.
Thanks again for all your help, quite a learning experience for me.