DISCUSSION: HOWTO: Installing nVidia Grapics Drivers on Debian Etch
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One of my pet peeves with Linux is not having the 3D Accelleration available while in Linux. Since my Windows hard drive completely failed, working in Linux hasn't been so bad, but a couple of the games I like to play are a bit slower due to software rendering. Below I outline the steps I took to get the nVidia drivers (1.0-8178 at the time of this writing) working with a default netinst of Debian Testing.
Get into pure console mode (runlevel 3)
Reboot into Recovery Mode or switch down to runlevel 3 or the equivalent
apt-get install binutils
Install Kernel Source
apt-get install linux-source-2.6.12 - replace 2.6.12 with your kernel version ('uname -a' or 'uname -r')