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well, to install the nvidia driver, you don't need to, you might find it easier to just reboot the system.
However, it's best to learn that kinda thing, as it's the proper way to do things.
press Ctrl+Alt+F1 to F6, and you'll get a prompt up. Login as root and run 'init 3' this will stop you having to log into X rather than a simple prompt.. it's only temporary, don't worry.
i guess actually if you press ctrl+F7 you'll get back to X, you can then logout and i presume it will drop down to a prompt, instead of the login screen. Guessing that tho.. if it doesn't go back to the otehr prompt and type 'killall X'. which will well.. kill X suprisingly enough.
Then you can edit your XF86Config-4 file, and run startx to get back to X. You can always run 'init 5' to get back to the full X login gumpf, but that'll happen next reboot anyway.
Weel, thing is i really do know next to nothing, i just put a url link on my desktop, and click it once i've run out of log files to delete, or icons to align...
Also, i'm generally learning very little from this place as well, as i only read questions i know anything about. If it mentions dhcp, or somethign like that i ignore it, and still don't know how to use dhcp. one day...
I'm just trying to get to my 500th post!
still trying to get samba to be a WINS server tho.....