I booted Knoppix, it set up my XF86Config-4 with the correct input devices and with the "vesa" driver running at 1024x768.
Everything works very nicely under Knoppix (except of course the high resolution)
With the help of another thread here at the forum I got the high resolution working with a snapshot build of the xfree86 binary and the nv_drv.o driver
(this is still not perfect though, as the driver has obvious bugs, and my desktop now feels slower)
All in all, try knoppix (www.knoppix.net
or else I can post the XF86Config-4 that it generates on my machine.