Originally Posted by AaronP
I wonder if your session is just exiting immediately. What happens if you create a file in your home directory called .xinitrc consisting of "xterm", and then run xinit?
The nvidia logo screen comes up and appears to be frozen but I'm able to move the cursor around. I let it sit for a while then dropped back to a terminal with ctrl+alt+f1, which it let me do. I caught the tail end of the log and it read "Error Recovery Failed." Thanks again for your help, I can't help but feel like we're getting somewhere.