Right, i was using this driver release for weeks.
for more information on why the NVIDIA kernel module couldn't be initialized, please see the output of `dmesg` right after a failed attempt to start X.
Jan 21 21:02:54 david kernel: nvidia0: <GeForce2 MX/MX 400> mem 0xfd000000-0xfdffffff,0xe8000000-0xefffffff irq 16 at device 0.0 on pci1
Jan 21 21:02:54 david kernel: nvidia0: [GIANT-LOCKED]
Jan 21 21:03:08 david kernel: pid 1333 (Xorg), uid 0: exited on signal 6
Dmesg did not log anything else.
Thanks for your help.