OK. On my lunch break I re-installed Mandrake (had removed it a few days back). I booted to the CLI and installed the nvidia drivers. The nvidia logo screen comes up but nothing happens after that.
I do have a DXR3 card in that system which I forgot to mention. I'm not sure if that can throw things off, but I'm going to remove it tonight and see what happens.
I'll also give xf86config a shot.