Now the installer won't even start. I think I give up. I have two borked hard drives (probably fixable with gparted booted from cd) but still.
On one hard drive, which the bios sees, the fdisk utility does not see. On the other drive, the installed crashes and reboots while finding the install media. Tried twice with both, can't even do a clean install again at this point... Unless I want to try another hard drive.
This adventure may not prove me right, or the decision to not include the proper drivers in initial install, but I find myself asking if I had so much problems trying to get this working, a user with less experience has no hope of getting this working unless he gets lucky with another video card.
Geoforce 6200 is very common nvidia 512 meg card. You really should not have to pull your hair out trying ten different things for 2 days and do 10 clean installs trying 10 more things to get the nvidia drivers working. These used to work right out of the box with vl6. Taking them out of the initial install is a completely bad idea. In vl6, you ran the install, the drivers installed and worked out of the box.
I'm a farily experienced linux user. I couldn't get this working. No regular user would put two days and try all these things, they would simply move on to the next disto that included proper drivers. You can all persist in your belief that leaving these drivers out of the initial install is a great idea, but I disagree, and I have just had the perfect experience to prove why.