Originally Posted by netllama
You need to replace 'nv' with 'nvidia' in your xorg.conf. If X fails to start, please generate a bug report before you start X again with the 'nv' driver.
I was pointed to a BIOS update @ HP, installed it.
Reinstalled Ubuntu on a whim, updated header files and whatnot.
Reinstalled 7676 driver.
Right after the crash, I booted up in 'recovery mode' (console as root) and generated this report, and also, here is my xorg file at time of crash.