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Old 10-08-2012, 05:22 PM   #1
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Slackware 14 fresh install problems *unknown*

I have been using slackware for many years most recently was comfortabe on my slackware 13.37 and decided when 14 came out I would do a fresh install. Now it's usally a smooth process for me since pat and the team have such a lovely install system. But after installing, it stops at random points after the lilo screen and stops printing more text. At first I was looking up the places it was stopping and trying many different things including different bit versions (x64 vs x86) etc with no immediate luck but one time I on accident set too large of a video setting on the install and realized that the boot up process gets to the login screen but I cant actually see well enough what the problems or messages are because the screen fractures on any of the lower video settings the text just stops printing to the screen. I am assuming this has to do with video drivers or something of the sort but how am I to fix this problem or even really find the root of the problem without atleast getting into my run level 3 first? My video card is a gigabyte geforce gts 450, so I could almost guess noveau is the problem here somehow. Any suggestions on how I tackle this issue? Ive never had a problem where I couldnt get into run level 3 before so this is new territory for me.

Any help is much appreciated ty.
Old 10-08-2012, 05:53 PM   #2
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I am not quite sure if I understood you. Could it be a misconfigured VESA option in /etc/lilo.conf ???? Try a "normal VGA" mode and see what you get. If you were more specific I could help you further.
Old 10-08-2012, 06:05 PM   #3
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One way to boot that system would be to:

- chroot to that system (eg. from a Slackware installation DVD),
- blacklist nouveau by installing the relevant package from /extra
- install nvidia binary blob (Obviously you need to download it first)

That's what I had to do with my GTX550 card. There are some issues with kernel 3.2.29 and nouveau shipped with Slackware 14 with some nvidia cards. There have been some discussions about it on LQ.

Last edited by sycamorex; 10-08-2012 at 06:07 PM.
Old 10-08-2012, 06:59 PM   #4
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Another way might be to pass 'nomodeset' to the kernel at boot.
Old 10-09-2012, 04:38 PM   #5
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I had the same problems with my NVIDIA GTX 550 Ti. Blacklisting nouveau worked for me, I didn't try 'nomodeset'. By the way, what is the supposed way to install packages from extra immediately after installing and before booting the new system?
installpkg --root /mnt  xf86-video-nouveau-blacklist-noarch-1
when the root partition was mounted under /mnt didn't work for me as expected. The entry in /var/log/packages tells me that the package is installed, but the blacklist file wasn't there. So I ended up by blacklisting nouveau from hand.
Old 10-09-2012, 04:44 PM   #6
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I blacklisted nouveau as well, nomodeset just let me boot my computer so that I could.
As for your question, my guess is you'd have to 'chroot /mnt' before installing the package same
as you do to build an initrd for the generic kernel.
Old 10-09-2012, 04:56 PM   #7
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Ah thank you,
I will try that next time. Never thought at chroot since when creating an initrd I usually boot the system from CD by passing the 'root=/dev/myrootdevice' parameter to the promt as suggested during install.


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