Originally posted by Rnd227
X alone : the Nvidia logo appears, and I have the black X cursor that can roam around
Normally this is GOOD, however the background should not be black, unless the bit resolution is too low (e.g. 8 bits), rather it should be a light blue.
A black background indicates that the video card has been initialized properly but the framebuffer is not being filled with the correct initial values.
You should try using the Mandrake supplied NVIDIA rpm files instead of those provided on Nvidia's web site and get things going first.
If you are using Community, they are not on the disks, so you will have to download the nvidia-kernel-x.x.x nvidia-x.x.x and glx rpm's from the driver directory on one of the free repositories.