Originally Posted by danix
Roman, are you using the 2.6.32-5 kernel? I've just confirmed by installing 2.6.32-5 on my Debian/sid system (I had been booting my own kernel and hadn't noticed the 2.6.32-5 update) that Debian is indeed now including the nouveau driver and doing a KMS by default, which would lead to exactly the bug that Ant is describing. I also confirmed that adding "nouveau.modeset=0" to the kernel's boot options is sufficient.
Ant, the nvidia-installer will work over SSH fine.
Edit: I re-read Roman's post and saw that he is using 2.6.32-5. I'm sure the package he installed does something to disable Nouveau, since Nouveau is indeed included in Debian's 2.6.32-5 kernel.
Thanks Danix. Woohoo! It worked.
So what will future NVIDIA drivers do? Will they disable this Noveau? Will we have to use this trick or will be able to do the old fashion way (will have to undo changes)?