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Upgrading to Slackware 12.0: List of things to do beforehand

Get the installation discs & other software

  • Slackware Install Discs I, II & III
  • Download /patches directory for 12.0 from one of Slackware's mirrors
  • Download nvidia Linux driver installer utility for Geforce FX5200 to /mnt/cruzer
  • Download XAMPP package to /mnt/cruzer

Backup the system

  • Backup the entire $HOME folder to /mnt/freeagent, the external hard drive
  • Backup website folder /opt/lampp/htdocs to /mnt/freeagent, the external hard drive
  • Backup /etc/X11/xorg.conf to /mnt/cruzer
  • Backup entire /etc folder to /mnt/cruzer
  • Print current xorg.conf for reference

Start Installation

  • Place Installation Disc I in cd drive and reboot the system
  • Follow Instructions on screen to launch the installer

  • Launch cfdisk and delete existing partitions
  • Create two new partitions, Swap 2GB & Linux Remaining space (approx 240GB)
  • Write partition table to the disc and exit
  • Launch setup program and follow the instructions for a complete install
  • Make sure not to install php, apache and mysql. We're going to install that separately using XAMPP later on
  • Choose one of the generic "huge" or "huge-smp" kernels at the end of installation process.

Fresh System

  • Hopefully, I will have a working fresh system after the installation is complete.
  • The default runlevel is 3
  • Launch xorgconfig, and set up xorg.conf
  • Try launching X server to see if it works. If it works, we're good for next steps.
  • Exit the window manager (KDE by default). This will drop you off at the terminal.

Compile Kernel

  • Backup /lib/modules/your-kernel to /lib/modules/your-kernel.backup. This step will make sure that your current kernel is available as backup if the kernel we're going to compile does not work.
  • Copy /boot/config to /usr/src/linux/.config
  • Become root
  • cd /usr/src/linux
  • make menuconfig
  • Remove Riva Framebuffer Support from the configuration menu, save and exit the configuration menu
  • make bzImage. This will create a new kernel "bzImage" in /usr/src/linux/arch/i386/boot/
  • make modules && make modules_install. This will compile and install kernel modules in /lib/modules/your-kernel directory.
  • cp /usr/src/linux/arch/i386/boot/bzImage /boot #This copies our newly compiled kernel in /boot directory.
  • Edit /etc/lilo.conf as follows. Add this at the end of lilo.conf
#Bootable partition configuration starts
image = /boot/bzImage
root = /dev/your-device-where-root-is-located
label = Tux (use any label you want for the new kernel)
#Bootable partition configuration ends
  • Run /sbin/lilo to add the new kernel info to the boot loader.

Test the new Kernel

  • If everything went fine, reboot the computer.
  • Select new kernel to boot from
  • If the kernel boots properly and you get a working system back, we're good for next steps.

Install the nVidia Graphics Driver

  • Get the driver from nvidia's website
  • Make it executable and launch using sh utility
  • This will compile the kernel module for driver and install it.
  • If the driver was installed successfully, change xorg.conf to reflect that. Just change driver name from nv to nvidia.
  • Launch X server with startx and test the system out.
  • glxinfo | grep dri Third line of the output should tell you if you have direct rendering enabled now.
  • telinit 4. Change the runlevel to 4 and enjoy your new graphic powers.