Thanks all for the suggestions...openGL and hardware acceleration seem to be working now. I ran the check nv script, and it said i didn't have libGL.so, which was weird since I did a file search and foud it...apparently some symbolic links were broken, though. Didn't exactly know what that meant, but i deleted the broken links and tried to copy libGL.so into the their respective directories...well then X wouldn't start in KDE. GNOME opened fine, aparently rolling back to the orginal nv driver. libGL.so was nowhere to be found, and none of the openGL applications worked. I downloaded the nvidia driver, reinstalled, and now i get 1500 + fps rates! No idea what happened, but everything's working great!
Thanks so much for taking the time to reply to post. I really appreciate it.