Thanks for providing this simple, concise tutorial for installing the proprietary nvidia driver. After some unsuccessful attempts trying different tutorials, this one worked right away, with only one modification:
Instead of apt install ... I had to use apt-get install ...
Reference: LMDE 12 Cinnamon/Mate, April 2012 release using the 290... Nvidia driver for a PNY Quadro 600 card.
Important: I think that in my previous attempts the nouveau driver messed up the Nvidia proprietary driver install. In the end I was left with a text only environment, but your tutorial and the blacklisting of the nouveau driver worked out of the box and fixed the problem.
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