Originally Posted by netllama
I'm not able to reproduce this problem with a GeForce 7600 in a Tyan 2885 motherboard with 1.0-9746. X starts up fine (which would accomplish much more than just modprobing nvidia). My only guess at this point is that your crash is something specific to the Gentoo environment that you've running.
Which kernel did you use? I might try yours and see if it makes a difference.
Oh, and maybe it might be in the settings of the kernel too.