It looks like I'm still having the same problem here.
kernel version 2.4.18-3 was recompiled w/o error.
Followed every step installing nvidia drivers as in my post above.
startx freezed at the nvidia logo.
I'm on a built -in video, GeForce 2 MX 200. Mobo is MSI K7N 420 Pro.
I've also tried a friend's external GeForce 2 MX 200 64Mb. The outcome was no different...
Someone, anyone please HELP!!!!!
See attachments : XF86Config-4 and XFree86.0.log and also dmesg if it would help.