when I tried to run the nvidia installer using sh....run as suggested by whig, I got the following error message (or something very similar):
"-> No matching precompiled kernel interface was found on the NVIDIA ftp site;
this means that the installer will need to compile a kernel interface for
-> Kernel source path: '/usr/src/linux'
-> Performing cc_version_check with CC="cc".
ERROR: Unable to determine the NVIDIA kernel module filename.
ERROR: Installation has failed. Please see the file
'/var/log/nvidia-installer.log' for details. You may find suggestions
on fixing installation problems in the README available on the Linux
driver download page at www.nvidia.com.
As I was in runlevel 3, I couldn't connect to the internet to go to the ftp site, and there isn't a /usr/src/linux directory. I looked on the nvidia site, but couldn't find what I needed.
The lack of the directory (I do have /usr/src/ ,just no linux directory) also means I can't try DisasterMaster's suggestion, unfortunately, so I'm no further forward.
Thanks for the suggestions, but still not cracked it, yet, I'm afraid,
PS have attached XF86Config.log, just in case it is helpful