The laptop is an Alienware Area-51m 766 and the video card is a GeForce Go5600. Since the drivers come with their own script for bulding and installing, that part goes off without a hitch every time. But when I try to use the driver by modifying my xorg.conf file to use "nvidia" driver instead of "nv" my screen goes goofy every time I start x. I took a picture with my camera, it's not a great picture but it'll give you the idea. The image is here.
Can anyone give me some information as to what's going on here? It's not limited to the latest nvidia drivers, but every other one I've tried. I'd use the nv driver in the meantime, but it actually crashes if I'm using x for more than a moment or so. So for now I'm stuck using the vesa driver, which doesn't support the 1680x1050 resolution I want or any resolution for that matter, so it looks pretty crappy compared to what I'm used to.
Update: I finally came across a fix. I have the situation all cleared up by adding the following to my device section of xorg.conf.
Option "ModeValidation" "NoVertRefreshCheck"
Edited by psyddicus, 12 February 2007 - 04:39 PM.