Yeah, DeFessler, sounds like you've got a few issues. There's been a lot of posts re: nVidia drivers, so seach here first and if you don't find answers, post either in the forum for your distro or in installation (but please, no double posting). You're already ahead with an nVidia card, since it's well supported under Linux because nVidia supports Linux. Same advice for your sound problems. It's not at all unusual to have to do a little extra work to get the sound working right.