The path to 3Dness was not forthcoming. It took me 13 reinstalls to get this right. It appears that the 2.6.24 kernel has a hidden agenda: to stop me from playing 3D accelerated games and playing music.
My Kungfu is weak. Therefore I climbed the mountains of linuxquestions.org, to seek a kung fu master, To which I got relief.
After several days of training, I now know that I have learned a new kungfu style, the path to righteousness is not easy.
With several masters training me, I have learned the way. As root:
# aptitude linux-image-2.6.24-1-686
# aptitude install linux-headers-2.6.24-1-686
# aptitude install build-essential module-assistant
# module-assistant prepare
# aptitude install gcc-4.1
# export CC=gcc-4.1
# cd to directory where NVIDIA drivers are saved
# CC=gcc-4.1 sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-96.43.05-pkg1.run
Now I can move on.
[UPDATE] Edited steps: apt-get replaced with aptitude. Sudo replaced with root.