Confirmation on memory problem with Nvidia on Suse 8.0 and Red Hat 8.0
I can confirm this problem with both the previous version of the drivers and the latest version.
I have the following hardware:
Athlon 850 MHz
512 MB RAM
40 GB HD
Leadtek graphics card based on NVidia GeForce2 GTS chipset
I had installed SuSE 8.0 on the system and had consistent system freezes after 2+ hours. The main characteristic of the system freezes was graphics corruption. In addition, running KSysMonitor in the KDE panel showed that the memory required by the system slowly increased over time. I'm not sure how to track down what process has the memory leak: Whether its the nvidia driver or another component that affects the nvidia driver.
I also turned of agpgart driver and used the nvidia one, but to no avail. I installed Red Hat 8.0 hoping that the new system would contain the fix, but no dice. My machines still freezes after a two to three hours and the memory consumed slowly increases over time.