Re: (beta) nvidia-settings not detecting VGA monitor correctly
8774 didn't have this restriction. I updated to the 9629 version of the driver and this restriction hit me pretty hard. I'll stick with 8774 (8776 doesn't give any good reason to upgrade from my point of view) for now. The LCD monitor looks pretty weird by the way (read: it's scrambled and not usable), although I mentioned that I want HD720p, which overrides the 720p resolution in X and just resides the screen when another resolution is specified in X.
I upgraded to this version to test for other possible crashes and kernel oopses but without a usable X session, I can't do that.