I installed the latest nvidia driver for gnu/linux on my debian system Deb: Unstable
I love the installation procedure of NVIDIA driver. Neat and simple. Installs everything. However for some weird reason this time I had some crashes. The X server would not start once I installed the driver. Eventually I figured out that the reasons were:
1) module : speedo in /etc/X11/xorg.conf is not longer supported for font rendering. You HAVE to comment out the line ## Load "speedo"
2) for some very weird reason the drivers are not copied/linked to the right locations. So I had to create the symbolic links to these files in /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/
# cd /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/;
# ln -s /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/extensions/libglx.so . ;
# ln -s /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/drivers/nvidia_drv.so .
Also ensure that the nvidia.o file is present in /lib/modules/2.4.27-2-686/kernel/drivers/
My kernel just happens to be 2.4.27-2-686