I figured out the install problem last weekend. The install of nvidia driver 96.43.16 worked after I moved the nouveau driver out of the way with this command:
[root@precision ~]# mv /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/kernel/drivers/gpu/drm/nouveau/nouveau.ko /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/kernel/drivers/gpu/drm/nouveau/nouveau.txt
Unfortunately, upon reboot the nvidia splashscreen displays in perpetuity and Xorg still pegs the CPU usage at 100%. This is the same result as the 96.43.14 driver. bummer.
This weekend I performed a "yum update" and noticed a new kernel installed (18.104.22.168-174.2.22.fc12.i686.PAE) and rpmfusion
repository has the corresponding nvidia driver ready also. So I tried installing the nvidia driver again using both the fedora forums and the nvidia installer procedures. The fedoraforum procedure uses the 96.43.14 driver while the installer procedure uses the 96.43.16 driver.
Same result - nvidia splashscreen displays in perpetuity and Xorg pegs the CPU usage at 100% - not surprising.
Attached are three files. nVidiaInstall6.txt, nvidia-bug-report.log.gz, and nvidia-bug-report.log.old.gz.
nVidiaInstall6.txt captures the commands used to install the nvidia driver using the fedoraforum procedures, then an attempt using the nvidia install and finnally the commands to return my system back to the nouveau driver.
nvidia-bug-report.log.old.gz contains the nvidia log with the fedoraforums procedure.
nvidia-bug-report.log.gz contains the nvidia log with the nvidia installer procedure.
Hopefully the attached information can help solve this issue.