Well this is by no means an ordinary Nvidia driver issue. I have been trying for months now on an AMD Athlon 64 machine on an SiS 760 (sorry i know) and a Geforce FX 5200 AGP card. I have tried FC 3, FC 4, Ubuntu and Mandriva and this problem has been reproduced on all of the above.
THE PROBLEM: X.org doesnt start no matter what I do. I have tried installing via Yum, Apt-get (on Ubuntu with the nvidia-glx package) and also the official Nvidia package (Yes I have made necessary changes to xorg.conf and modprobe etc.). I have tried all versions from 7174 because earlier versions require a patch to be compiled on kernels 2.6.10 and above. I can boot into text mode safely with runlevel 3 and I can boot into X only with the nv driver.
I cant give my xorg.conf, and other log files because I had to format the Linux drive for some urgent space necessity so I am writing from Windows now
Also I read somewhere that AGP is not very well suppported in newer drivers. I also read that disabling NvAGP will give lockups. So do I go in for AGPGart or NvAGP? And how do I know the problem will be solved?
P.S. : Please dont ask questions like whether I changed the nv to nvidia/ hashed dri etc..
Yaa one last thing to mention I am trying out 32 bit Linux only not x64.
Looking forward to a better future with Linux