I currently have slackware14 (full installation) up and running with sound and a desktop display but
there are color issues. Images seem to be weak on green color.
I am just wondering what are the possible approaches to installing Nvidia drivers for Slackware 14 (32 bit) here in 2013.
If I google for info, I find links like http://www.slackwiki.com/NVIDIA_Graphics
They all seem to be written about 2 years ago. The link above seems straight forward but differs in another approach I read which uses nvidia-kernel (319.32) from slackbuilds.org; it also doesn’t seem to mention blacklisting the current running module? Driver which my system lists as Nuveau or nothing about kernel sources ( uname -r outputs 3.2.29-smp )
My old computer packed up and since my requirements are moderate I put together a tower with new (but dated parts) consisting of an Asrock N68 motherbroard, and # cat /proc/cpuinfo tells me AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2400+ processor, with onboard Nvidia GeForce 7025 C61 graphics.
Slackware is installed (full) and after startx , the desktop comes up fine and I have sound. However I can not seem to get a good color balance by altering my monitor push knobs. The info I have read suggests I will get better display results using a Nvidia driver; I am rather cautious though of going from a point where everything is working to no display.
I have found and downloaded a matching driver for the Nvidia on-board graphics which is
So from my understanding and naivety this is how I would imagine I would install the driver.
1) close running programs Firefox etc
2) logout as user
3) log in as root
4) drop to run level 3 using # init 3
cd to where NVIDIA-Linux-x86-100.14.11-pkg1.run is and run using
5) blacklist nuveau driver using
# installpkg xf86-video-nouveau-blacklist-noarch-1.txz
logout as root, and back in as user , $startx and pray.
Plan B is to get a none Nvidia graphic card drop it intro the spare PCI slot, and use this by altering BIOS.
Summary: I have display working using Nuveau driver/modul;e but want to see if I can improve my display. If its thought that I am unlikely to get a better display using a proprietary Nvidia driver instead of the currently running module which is Nuveau I will not bother. If the feedback here is that there is a good chance I will get better results ,I want to learn how to do it. Ideally I would like to make the Nvidia driver “available” on my system maybe load the Nvidia with modprobe and unload the Nuveau with rmod Nuveau. All I am looking for is feedback to see if I am on the right lines and any uptodate links please to install Nvidia for Slackware14 (32 bit version)