another person with a similar dilemma:
says flashing the bios fixed teh problem after 4 flashes miraculously.
what is the significance of flashing the bios? sounds like a hardware operation, but i imagine there is some mechanism to perform the task via software hopefully that is. i guess i will have to look into it for lack of a better idea. onward to the next adventure of my linux nvidia odyssey then. i must just really enjoy talking to my self.