This problem is due to my configuration and not the new driver. I upgraded my video card from a 6000 system with worked well to my 8600gts because of a motherboard issue. New motherboard had PCIE socket.
I'm running an up-to-date Freebsd6.2 on a athlon64 system. My xorg.conf and nvidia driver also needed to be rebuilt. I tried to use the previous 96.43.01 but it continued to fail not finding the gpu. Saw the stickey about 100.14.19 updated info got the 8600gts so I downloaded the new driver and thats where my story starts: I didn't remove the old driver because I didn't know how. Xorg.0.log says:
Build Date: 02 December 2007 11:11:46PM
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Module Loader present
Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
(++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
(WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
(==) Log file: "/var/log/Xorg.0.log", Time: Sat Dec 8 13:30:03 2007
(==) Using config file: "/etc/X11/xorg.conf"
(EE) Failed to load module "glx" (module does not exist, 0)
(II) Module "ramdac" already built-in
(EE) NVIDIA(0): Failed to initialize the GLX module; please check in your X
(EE) NVIDIA(0): log file that the GLX module has been loaded in your X
(EE) NVIDIA(0): server, and that the module is the NVIDIA GLX module. If
(EE) NVIDIA(0): you continue to encounter problems, Please try
(EE) NVIDIA(0): reinstalling the NVIDIA driver.
(EE) NVIDIA(0): Failed to initialize the NVIDIA graphics device!
(EE) NVIDIA(0): *** Aborting ***
(EE) Screen(s) found, but none have a usable configuration.
Fatal server error:
no screens found
X connection to :0.0 broken (explicit kill or server shutdown).
the xorg.conf says
can someone help me untangle my mess?