I have tried everything I can think of to install the nouveau driver, which is the only one I can trust on my system with the Geforce 8800 card I received as a gift. I tried Nvidia direct download drivers before and it was impossible to alter the screen resolution and the "fixes"/patches were not able to correct that fact. And removing it led to my having to reinstall my system both times.
So I'm done with those.
I realized that I could use the nouveau driver when I realized that the second OS on my dual boot system worked perfectly with it. It has the nouveau driver onboard. That OS is Ubuntu 10.04, btw. Also the system I want to install this driver on requires a screen resolution of 1280x960. The Ubuntu is at 1280x1024 for some reason, with the same monitor, it works.
How do I get my stable debian system to download the xserver-xorg-video-nouveau
and meet all its dependencies without breaking my system? I even tried reloading Synaptic with the highest available software, but I still could not get the driver to install. What am I doing wrong? Is it just impossible to install this particular driver on my system? And if there's an old version of it I am willing to try that too. Please help.