ok i'll admit that i'm a noob but i am learning fast.
i installed the nvidia drivers following the instructions here:
and edited the XF86Config-4 file as given
when i started X again the screen imediatly went blank (as normal the screen goes black when X loads) but then it turned itself off.
the startup sound in KDE played so i knew that it had all loaded. so i figured i'd follow the help information in the nvidia guide. (incidently doing any debugging is made 10 times harder when the screen doesn't work) i had to use the mandrake recovery to mount drives and boot into console then with some tips from a friend use Vim (anyone else think this isn't a program for noobs?) to alter my /etc/inittab file so that i booted to a command prompt to work from (where i could use emacs).
there are no error messages in the error log
and proceded to change the /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 file back from the "nvidia" to the "nv"
once that was done i ran startx x loaded fine (kde apps threw up errors for some reason but this i will look into after sorting graphics as the graphics possably causes this). so i figured i was saved and that i could at least use my computer just without the 3D stuff working properly.
however for some reason every time i reboot my /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 file is reset to use the nvidia driver and the screen turns itself off. meaning i have to edit it every time i reboot the computer.
this is linked slightly to a thread here:
primaraly i'd like to have the 3D working but most importantly id like to be able to use my computer without having to edit a text file every time i turn my computer on.
my computer is:
RAM: Samsung 1 x 512
motherboard: Abit KX7-333R
ASUS V8460/V8440 TD (VGA + DVI-out + TV-out)(numbers from documentation that came with the card, i'm not sure which it is but i can pull my computer appart to have a look if it makes a difference)
graphics chipset: Nvidia GeForce4 Ti4600/4400 GPU featuring nFiniteFX engine
128 DDR memory