Jut wanted to check back in and report that, so far, all is well.
My system is still working.
I haven't rebooted since all you folks helped get it back up and running. I'll give this a go in a moment. I've just checked PCC and my video card settings are the same as when I issued changed via XFdrake (thanks, JohnW and thanks to Tex....OP, DeBaas...did I miss anyone???
). so, I guess a reboot will be successful.
Again, my sincere thanks to everyone on this forum for their help.
Here's the cool thing. Even though my system's GUI was down, I was still able to pop in the Live CD, open my folders on my HD, move files over to my USB drive, and then move these to my Lenovo Notebook. I never missed a beat in getting my work done because I had a fully compatible working PCLinuxOS system. and, even if i didn't' have that notebook, I still had the ability to get work done using that Live CD.
This is something I never would have been able to do had I been running a Windows system. And just a side note, this sytem is a rack system. I do have Windows XP on a hard drive. But, I never plugged it in. It's been a couple of years since I booted that drive. Had I plugged it in, I know it would still be updating.
So, it was nice not needing Windows as a crutch.
And this has been the goal all along...get rid of Windows.
As most of you know, I'm more a PCLinuxOS user than I am a programmer/techie. As a cartoonist, I use PCLinuxOS to help edit and produce all my cartoon work. I also use it for my personal finances and at the office for all internet work. So I appreciate your patience with me as a wade through the weeds of punching in Konsole commands and trying to understand what is taking place. I'm learning, over the long haul, little by little. I'm not sure I'll ever get to the level of many on this forum, so I'm thankful for you guys being there when I need the occasional help with a major system failure.
As to this thread, I'm not sure if I should mark it solved or not. My system is running, but not because of the Nvidia driver. So, I'll just defer to what the consensus is on this.