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I just compiled and installed the Linux 3.5.5 and installed the appropriate Modules as well. The only thing I'm unsure of is where I can get a copy of the Linux-Headers. The Nvidia proprietary drivers require them and I'm not really sure how to get a hold of them.
I'm running Mint 13 w/ compiled 3.5.5 (Core2Duo x86-64) Kernel
I downloaded the source from kernel.org (tar.gz file)
I extracted the source directory to a location in my home directory. (/home/msxenix/src)
I ran a 'make mrproper' in order to make sure that the source was clean
i configured the kernel with 'make menuconfig'
I ran 'make' to build the kernel
I ran 'sudo make install' to install the kernel
I ran 'sudo make modules_install' to install the modules
The kernel boot successfully to Linux 3.5.5. Everything works great, and the GUI might be more responsive.
The only problem is that I can't install the nvidia drivers due to not having the kernel headers.
I'm guessing there may be a step I may have overlooked. I used the directions included with the kernel but I didn't see any mention of installation of Kernel-Headers.