I used Envy to compile the driver. Its the only one I could get to work properly. I tried the ones in the repositories (both open source and proprietary) and neither worked. The open source made it to the desktop without errors but wouldn't take the 1680x1050 aspect ratio (even after adding it to X11) -> the desktop was also shifted so that the right third of the screen was on the left side and a line (which should have been the edge of the screen) divided it from the other two-thirds on the other ( I should have taken a screenshot)
The proprietary driver brought me to the error message each boot, saying it was running in low graphics mode and couldn't find a screen. If I continued, my resolution was terrible (obviously). When I ran the xorg config it couldn't identify my hardware and wouldn't complete the set up. It just brought me back to the 800x600 desktop.
After using Envy, things worked fine but I had a flickering issue. I went into the Restricted Drivers tab and enabled the Nvidia driver and rebooted. Then reconfigured X so that the refresh was at 50 and my aspect ratio was right. Is there a better way to have done this?
Will this set up cause the same problem next time there is a major update?
AMD X2 4200
Biostar K8M800 MOBO
2.0 GB DDR2
GeForce 7600GS AGP
120 GB HD - Windows XP
300 GB SATA - Linux Mint 9