Well, the problem started after trying to install new drivers. I got some sort of error with the gawk -f modules.conf->modules.old. After looking through these files, noticing they were empty, I just deleted them. Now, after restarting a couple of programs fail to run. X server wont start, and proFTP gives me an error saying the server isn't configured for 'localhost' and X tells me it failed to load the nVidia kernel module. The Modules file still has info in it as well as some modprob files and modules.devfs. Really not sure what isn't loading the modules, or if I can re-build the modules.conf that the aureal driver intall might have killed, and later me.
I am using Mandrake 10 and kernel 2.4.25 as well