Before you start X, make sure that the nvidia kernel module is loaded with 'lsmod'. If not, load it with 'modprobe nvidia', then 'startx'. If things work, you can add the line 'modprobe nvidia' to one of your boot scripts, e.g. /etc/rc.local to load the kernel module at system start.
You can get info about the running kernel with 'uname -a'.
Originally Posted by Rekr
First off I'm a linux newb so I decided to go with Mandrake 10 beta 2, I have been unable to install the Nvidia Display drivers version 5332. I went to minon.de and downloaded the premade kernel 2.6 install followed all the directions and the drivers seemed to install but when switching the line in XF86Config-4 from 'nv' to 'nvidia', i get an error that says the "Nvidia drvier kernel is unable to initialize." According to the nvidia docs this means that the driver is not compiled for my linux kernel, which I beleive is version 2.6.3mdk7.