Knowing which Linux you are using would help us give precise advice.
What you need to do is boot in single user mode, you do not need to go downloading other distributions if not necessary. If I knew which distribution you're using I could probably tell you how as they are different from one to the other.
All Linux systems come with a generic Nvidia driver.
Most Linux distributions will install a default editor which you can use to edit the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file to change the driver in the "device" section to "nv" if it is using something else. If it is using "nv", try "vesa" as previously mentioned.
You can also just go to Nvidia web site and get the latest proprietary driver for your card in the Linux drivers section, download into your home directory, install linux-kernel-headers or kernel-devel packages etc with package manager app.(depends on which Linux you are using), which should also install all necessary packages for compiling modules. Navigate to your home directory from command line in single user mode and issue these two commands to install:
You would have to change the second command to reflect the actual name of the Nvidia package you downloaded.
Towards the end of the process it will ask if you want it to configure the xorg.conf file, say yes. When you are returned to a command prompt, you can either start graphics at this point or issue command: reboot
to reboot into graphics mode.