Re: I cannot get my Nvidia drivers to install. Been working on it for a week now.
The 173.14 driver referenced in your Original Post is the correct one for a GeForce FX 5700 ultra, and drivers after that will not support your present card.
In addition the 173.14 driver is unlikely to be compatible with the Xserver-xorg of 12.04.2 or later ubuntu versions.
If you installed the present driver with sudo apt-get install nvidia-current, or from Additional drivers other than the 173 version, you will need to run:
That is in addition to downgrading to 12.04.1 or before.
sudo apt-get remove --purge nvidia-current # change the package name if different
sudo apt-get install nvidia-173
So your best bet is the advise to get a better compatible video card, preferably GT 8xxx series or later, but 8AGP.
"Better Solutions may bring Worsened Problems": After Lao Tse, b. circa 405BC. a contemporary of Confucius, who died circa 600BC.
They did things differently in those days, apparently!!