I know this is not a new problem but I haven't seen any real workarounds that work for me. nouveau just simply doesn't seem to work on anything, causing hangups and just plain lockups due to GPU lockups. I've experienced this across a few computers with Geforce 4, 6, 7 and 8 derivatives. A while back I slowly struggled through an install, taking hours and a lot of guesswork to get it installed. Manage dthat a couple of times barely.
I just got a nice new SSD and wanted to put LMDE on it. I tried installing both XFCE and Cinnamon variants (x64) and they were unusable because of the GPU lockups. I tried passing xforcevesa and nomodeset and removing quiet splash, and all that yielded was a black screen instead of lockup and garbage.
Currently I'm using Debian because it has a plain installer which I'm guessing uses vesa. I installed it, made a few changes so I could boot without nouveau caused lockups using a USB hard drive, got the nvidia binaries on there and it was all good.
This debian install is only tentative and if possible I'd like to replace it with LMDE before I shift my stuff in. I like Mint and I like Debian, but am not overly fond of Ubuntu, so LMDE seemed perfect. But I can't install it because of stupid graphics drivers. I can fix it if I can install it, but if I can't install it I don't stand a chance.
What are my options here?