I just installed Linux for the first time last night. I am using RedHat 7 with a geforce2 MX video card and initally had the same problems as yourself.
A quick boot back into windoze and a search of the web found the answer to my problems in the form of this article:
I ran Xconfigurator first (just type "Xconfigurator" at the prompt) and went through the steps. I can't remember exactly what I did but I know that I selected "Don't probe" and selected all the defaults and that I selected my monitor and various video resolutions.
Once Xconfigurator was finished (it just said "Starting X Server" or something, brought up a blue screen and then left me at the command prompt - not too reassuring!) I followed the rest of the article word for word.
I ran the ls /usr/src command and it showed that I had linux, linux-2.2.16 and redhat so I skipped the next two bullet-pointed steps and continued on at "NVIDIA Kernel Drivers".
If any of that doesn't make any sense then don't worry, just print out the article I pointed you towards and follow it - it's easy!
Once everything's installed okay just use the command "startx" to start your x server!
A few other tips:
I didn't need to use the "insmod sgpgart agp_try_unsupported=1" stuff but used it anyway just to be safe.
Once you've got everything working properly go to applications>gedit and open your /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 file, find the line (under the "Screen 0" section) that sets the default colour depth/resolution or something and change it from 8 to 16. There's no point having a Geforce2 MX only to run it in 256 colours!
You'll have to have downloaded the NVidia tar files from
Just in case you didn't know about this, Linux doesn't automatically read MSDOS formatted floppies, you have to "mount" the floppy first:
mount -t msdos /dev/floppy /mnt/floppy
You can then access the floppy through /mnt/floppy and can copy the nvidia files to your root directory (so that you can follow the tutorial - it's all done from the root directory) by using a command such as
cp /mnt/floppy/NVIDIA... /
where "..." is the rest of the filename.
Alternatively an easier way to access MSDOS disks is through the use of the mdir and mcopy commands:
To see what's on the a: drive (floppy):
To copy a file from the a: drive (floppy to root in this case):
mcopy a:foo.txt /
I both these cases the "m" stands for "msdos"
I hope that's all of help to you!
If you need any more help then my e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
All the best...