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Old 01-16-2019, 04:04 AM   #1
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Slackware current, still freezes at random

Hi All,
I had an account on LQ but since I didn't use it for a very lonnnng time (health reasons) i forgot my username and password (or maybe it was just disabled).
Anyway, i'm not a newbie and this is not my first post.

A while ago when Slackware14.2 came out i updated from 14.1 and found that the new distro froze at random times. I thought it was some major bug and retrieved back to 14.1 as I didnt have much time to deal with the issue.
More than 1yr passed and plenty of development going on from behind the scene (for which I am always thankful) and decided to try it again with Slackware current.
At my first startx within a few seconds i was welcomed again with a complete system stall (nothing worked) and had to hard-restart the pc.

I never thought that a linux kernel could do that (never happened to me in 15+yrs of using slackware)

So, i came to the conclusion that it had to be hardware related and in my case with my desktop.
2 dbl Xeon processor x5450 at 3GHz each
nVidia Geforce GTX550 ti (no proprietary drivers installed)
dual boot, Slackware/Windows

I remember reading a thread (rant) on LQ of something exactly like this but noone ever suggested a solution (or at least one that applied to me),
Has any Linux tech/long-term user, ever felt that they knew roughly what goes wrong with their box as soon as it does? (almost like diagnosing a disease on a patient?)
Well for some reason (and lots of reading around), I had a feeling that the issue was caused by some conflict in the graphics department and after many hrs spent searching around I tried a therapy (differential diagnosis).
Well it has been running all night with a long sbopkg install and several windows open including firefox, console, KDisk -Utility, etc... and it seems that the 'random freeze' has stopped.

What did i do?

I permanently disabled noeveau video accelerator by adding a file in /etc/X11/xorg.vesa.d/disable-gpu.conf and edited:

Section "Extensions"
Option "GLX" "Disable"
Now, I am not sure it will keep up and whether, or not, slackware will freeze again soon but since I would like the full hardware capabilities of my nVidia card (and some other cool effects that I have now disappeared), i was wondering whether:
1) anyone else, with similar hardware configuration, has had this problem,
2) someone would be so kind to suggest the "how to" for nVidia drivers install on Slackware current

Old 01-16-2019, 03:27 PM   #2
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the topic is not solved but the thread was a duplicate.
the original thread is still open at LQ/Distributions/Slackware

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