Okay, I updated my driver again, and that issue seems to be fixed, but now I have another random issue. It seems like whenever I'm near an engine thruster, and it's getting rendered on the screen, the game just hangs. For instance, this happens if I fly up behind a freighter, or if I go into third-person view, and use my afterburners. I'm using the 3.6.9 build, and the 3.6.8 zeta media VPs.
*Edit* Okay, scratch that, now the game just hangs regardless of what I do. I'm probably getting around 1 FPS now. This is even when I'm not selecting the VPs folder as a mod. WTF is going wrong here?
*Edit2* Hmm, when I use D3D, it still runs relatively fine, but OpenGL makes the game hang horribly.