RIGHT! So after far too long, I've stumbled upon the answer to my errors: I forgot that I have a TV tuner card installed. At startup, the memory that's used to get all of the devices setup for use was too small and my TV tuner card was using too much of it...to the point that my nVidia card wasn't getting initialized.
So, after stumbling on this amazing find here:
and I've got it going.
These are the steps that I had to use in order to get the video card working for 9.10*:
*If you're reading this thread, I assume you've done the following and not installed any other drivers.
1) System->Administration->Hardware Drivers
2) Click on the 185 and then click activate
Startup your system and either get to a console from the GRUB menu or boot to Ubuntu in low graphics mode and open a terminal once it's up. Once up, type the following command
Once inside of the file, search for this line
sudo pico /etc/default/grub
right before the last ", put vmalloc=256M, so that the line looks like:
Then, hit CTRL+O and ENTER, and then CTRL+X. This will bring you back to the terminal. At this point, we need the startup system to reconfigure itself, so we type the following command
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash vmalloc=256M"
Now, reboot the system
**NOTICE** If this doesn't work, try putting 192M instead of 256M. This has been reported to help as well.
What we've done is create an automatically booting proceedure that will allow us to use our video cards!