The replacement replacement video card finally arrived! Woot!
The good: It's the right card!
The bad: It was not going into graphics mode when I run X.
The ugly: It took a few hours, but I finally got it working. It seems
that when I tried the previous video card, the configuration was
overwritten, and it took some gentle persuasion with a large hammer to
straighten it out.
So now it's time to send back the wrong card, and relax now that this
adventure is over.
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