This must be a component of the oss nvidia driver - I have it too in my new desktop with ATI graphics (guess why ATI? To learn - but it just installed, on nforce, without the slightest problem
The headers etc and finally kernel 2.6.24-16 is removed and replaced with -19 if you remove it - that triggers a kernel update.
This can happen as some files depend on some other files - in this case some kernel files depend on Nvidia-Kernel-common
Thanks Husse for explaining
I did update my kernel to -19, I was having an issue with my PC freezing up with the -16 kernel. Once I did the update for the kernel no more freezing up. It also runs quicker as well. Funny that it runs better if I update things that I am not supposed to.
I know normally that is not the case but this time I got lucky. I never had the freezing up issue with Linux Mint 4.0. This did not start happening until Linux Mint 5, I believe it has to do with Ubuntu since I had the same issue with Hardy. I believe the issue may be with the kernel but being so new to Linux I could very well be wrong.