i'm using the nvidia driver because
- it's an nvidia card, and i thought it might help.
- the (much smaller) one that comes with XFree86 seemed to be causing system lockups associated with X. (e.g. total lockup when i ctrl-alt-backspace).
i might be able to get it working better by using an older driver. it's just annoying that they only release one driver for all the cards, which i'm assuming is why the driver is so big - because it has to cope with all the different models, including ones that have more features than mine. I would have thought there were better ways of protecting their code and simplifying distribution than releasing a single binary driver, like maybe have the installer contain images of a set of libraries which are only linked in for cards that need them?