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I've been running slackware 13.37 64 my old Pentium D era machine without issues but having built a slightly more modern box, consisting of the following:
16Gb @ 1600
drives retained from previous system, 3 x sata >160gb
Nvidia GTX 260 retained from previous system
I'm having no end of problems, not limited to graphical glitches, random window traces, generally poor performance in the graphical area, certainly worse than previous build. I have sound issues, most notibly being VERY quiet. Network problems, though I think I've fixed this by installing a different module/driver,Realtek r8168 as opposed to the 8169 which was loaded.
Additionally, before my question as such, I also run this distribution (and others) on an older Centrino based laptop without any problems what so ever, almost an out of the box install if I remember correctly.
So my basic question is this, is this simply a case of newer technology than the distribution/kerner was designed or able to natively support?
If so, what is the best way to approach such problems?
In the past, I've generally been installing on much older hardware, perhaps sheltering me from such issues.
Order the latest version of Slackware Linux on CD-ROM (6 CDs in all), or the whole distribution on a single DVD from The Slackware Store. Or, you can get your Slackware ISOs through BitTorrent using our torrents page.
Or again, you can download the complete Slackware distribution from one of our mirrors. If you'd like to provide a mirror, please see the mirroring guidelines.
If you choose to download the ISO from closest mirror then be sure to do a 'md5sum' check for the downloads ISO image then burn the image to a DVD;
Torrent would relieve Slackware home & mirrors yet sometimes you will have to ftp download the ISO and related files.
My recommendation to use Slackware64 14.0 because you are using newer equipment. Major changes over the past 2 years.
Legacy hardware can also create problems but yours is most likely the selection of 13.37 on newer hardware. You could always build a new kernel for your 13.37. If you are upgrading 13.37 then be sure to read 'Slackware64 14.0: CHANGES_AND_HINTS.TXT and other text information on your 14.0 DVD or at http://slackware.oregonstate.edu/slackware64-14.0/
ProESKI's advice seems helpful. That gigabyte board is a really good board and I wouldn't trade it for something else if it's working (I'd trade it for the same board if something goes wrong).
Only other advice would be to try using a newer kernel (3.3.x or higher). Had problems myself with Glibc-2.15 and gcc 4.7.0 (slackware 14's default packages). If you use slackware 14 you should upgrade gcc to 4.7.3 (it's a lot better). Personally bootstrapped a slackware64 14 system with stock headers (using gcc-4.7.3 and newer binutils toolchain; everything installed is recompiled and re-installed at least three times or more on a local host) with amd's recommended gcc optimizations (glibc couldn't use march=native or mtune=bdver2 besides other optimizations). Looking for a free host in case people with piledriver are interested in a bdver2 slackware64 14 (personally think a fork of slackware sources should be hosted to make building an OS from scratch easier for those who wish to do so for their own architectures; some slackbuilds leave out patches that are needed to successfully compile or address other issues).
If you continue with problems maybe try Fedora or OpenSuse...