Originally Posted by rhoden.id.au
I too have a Dell Inspiron 8600 where the old driver worked fine in Freebsd 5.2.1, but after upgrading to Freebsd 5.3 and to the lastest nvidia driver, my system hangs (not reboots) when i startx. It occurs if i use the native or the nvidia agp drivers. It hadn't occured to me to try recompiling the old nvidia driver. I will do that tonight and report back.
I've tried that before and it didn't work. Let me know if you have better luck than me.