Where I'm at, and the long ways I still need to go:
I was able to get the nvidia drivers, had failed earlier to get the GLX's but now have them, and installed.
When I now do startx it returns:
I played around with xf86config, but that provided no joy, either.
NVIDIA(0) failed to intitalize the NVidia module.
No Screens found but have an unusable configeration.
Fatal Server Error:
No screens found
XIO fatal IO error 104
I created a new partition with the hopes of copying the partition to a new space, while I re-installed 8.0 into the old space, no joy there either. Get errors saying too many mounts in /dev/hda , when as far as I can tell, I have none. This prevents a backup to cp (and without X no neat or any? CD-writers)
parted returned an error that I needed to use e2fsck on /dev/hda but in fact it won't handle ext3 partitions, and I can't find a fsck fixer that will. I was trying to cp with parted to the new partition... no joy there either.
I'd just format and reinstall over what I have, but I have far too much to lose (my business is all there) to do that.
Given the above messes and the facts that my knowledgde is barely above the dangerous level (but am so determined, I'll really mess it up)
What is the fsck for ext3?
Is there an CLI editor that is simple (unlike vi, emacs, etc - I use kate) that I can fix the mess with?
How can I fix the init of the nvidia kernel module?
How can I fix the "no screens found" problem?
How can I cp the fu ck'd partition to the new one?
There might be more but answers to these would be a huge start.