main problem solved
ls /dev/shm returned nothing
grep "/dev/shm" /proc/mounts returned nothing, so I did the mount, and no improved results.
I deecided to trty the kernel route since I had recompiled the kernel a few times working on pptp.
The option that corrected the problem was System V IPC, once enabled, I was able to use the nviia driver just fine.
Quake3 was able to run, and has not proven too stable yet, but this might be sound related.
Thanks for your help! Quake3 is now running, and it was pretty fast !