I disabled OSS, rebuilt kernel, and now Alsa works. go figure?
Mouse started working by itself. I hate it when that happens. When I boot back to 126.96.36.199, I have to reconfigure mouse to get it to work, booting to 188.8.131.52 seems to reconfigure the mouse.
I enabled frame buffer support, VESA only. Didn't fix the blank display on boot. I enabled Framebuffer console support, and now the display works. Also, nVidia drivers install.
The last holdout seems to be my wireless nic. Belkin card, Atheros based. I built a madwifi slack package and installed it, but it didn't work. I still need to do some work on this before crying for help, but if anyone has any advice, I'm all ears