Originally Posted by apaige
Yes I see all those threads, but they must be doing something different from me, because I have a 8300 and my desktop performance is not horrible slow (sic) at all. Windows get drawn instantly. Then again, the nvidia-settings command I run plays a big role in 2D performance.
Hmmm... I don't own a GF8 card, but out of the logic:
At the login screen you don't set any values with nvidia-settings, too. I bet your nvidia-settings is executed _after_ login from KDE/Gnome Autostart. So the problem could only be in some xorg.conf parameters or really a horrible bug in the driver or a broken card.
And before somebody is shouting "nonsense!": Yes, broken card could match the report as well, because the newer driver could perhaps trigger the fault whilst the older drivers didn't. I can't tell how likely this might be, but it is possible, too.