First I installed
tim@Lincoln:~$ sudo apt-get install envyng-qt
with all its crazy dependencies. Then I ran
lspci | grep VGA to find my video driver.
00:0a.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV34 [GeForce FX 5200] (rev a1)
With envyng, I took their recommendation of: 173.14.12-0ubuntu5.1 and installed, restarted.
On restart I had access to the nvidia setting manager, which i started as sudo with:
sudo nvidia-settings &
everything works fine now.