"I check synaptic for the nvidia drivers as you stated, but did not see the one specific to my card"
i believe that in synaptic you should be able to find nvidia 2.56 driver if not the 2.60
don't forget the driver reinstall if you change kernel
"I am new to Linux, as I got so tired of windows"
you are doing it very well
i wish i could abandon windows but i work fixing windows pcs, for me abandon windows is the same as defeat so i have dualboot n my two machines, patience and learning is constant in windows
"I did not mean to do anything wrong"
you didn't, it is a long discussion between some users if drivers form repo or drivers form nvidia are better, both are the same but the way one is installed compared to the other result in differences that sometimes you don't want
as i mentioned before, it is more simple to use synaptic for the video card driver but is not strictly wrong, it is better for you to try synaptic first and if it doesn't work you can try then nvidia website drivers
using repos only you can have a viable installation working always very well for 2 or 3 years, maybe more, usually what force us to reinstall pclinux is mainbord or hard disk changes and even in that situation you sometimes won't need to reinstall