IIRC when you go directly to the NVIDIA site, they offer "legacy" drivers for their cards, maybe try one of them?
Maybe the package-manager for 8.10 can't be bothered, but you are likely to have more success by going directly to NVIDIA's site and trying some "legacy" drivers.
If not then you'll have to backtrack your kernel / distro to something older to run on that hardware.
I have some seriously OLD hardware (?2001, PIII 1GHz anyone?), but I have managed to find an NVIDIA driver that'll compile for me. I'm still running kubuntu 6.06.1 on that PC and it has the functionality I need, although it is not exactly "elegant" or "pretty" by today's standards it still works, faultlessly. I'd tell you more about the hardware, but it's three floors up, and will NOT wake-on-LAN and I'm tired. Ask if you need more info.