thankz for the help... oh wait
I found the solution to fixing all nvidia problems.... switch to an ATI card. sure i've seen ppl go off on here about goto a card that is supported less... blah blah blah. all the support i've seen for this card is "ummm.... i dunno... did you modprobe nvidia". Like that's any help.
my company may only sell a few hundred machines a year, but i assure you they will ALL have ATI cards now instead of nvidia.