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NOTE: This is a fresh install of Debian 8 with defaults. Single user mode freezes on boot. I am trying to install Geforce 9 drivers, but cannot get to a terminal without a GUI.

For example:

Ctrl + Alt + F1 thru F6 when in GNOME causes a black screen with nothing displayed.

What other options do I have?

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Boot with nomodeset. Probably Kernel Mode Setting (KMS) is messing around.

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