I probably should revisit this and then call it solved.
Part of the problem with some of the responses was my fault, I did not specify that I no longer use SlackBuilds to install the driver (and haven't for quite some time), as I cannot see going through all that hassle to build THREE packages to do what can easily be done on a single command line.
The main problem WAS with the 304.84 driver, evidenced by the fact that Nvidia recently released 304.88.
SIDE NOTE: The 304.84 driver also failed with the newer 3.8.4 kernel.
Last edited by Lenard Spencer; 04-11-2013 at 08:51 AM.