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== Installation ==
Slackware 13.37 64-bit installed like a breeze on a hot, humid day!  For the most part all of the essentials to get the system up and running on the W520 was detected and put into play with little or no intervention or editing of files on my end.
== Video ==
Coming from a W510, the W520 introduced me to the concepts of discrete and integrated graphics, as well as NVIDIA's Optimus technology.  Unfortunately because of NVIDIA's unwillingness to bring Optimus support to Linux, you have three choices.  You can use the integrated Intel HD graphics, NVIDIA's discrete graphics, or look into the bumblebee project [https://github.com/MrMEEE/bumblebee#readme here].  I went with the NVIDIA discrete graphics route with plans to try out the bumblebee project at a later time.  Make sure to specifically set your graphics option in the BIOS to discrete, otherwise Slackware/Linux will select integrated.
Instead of the open source nouveau driver, which is limited to 2D graphics I went with NVIDIA's binary, version 275.09.07.  With X.Org's X Server 1.9.5 in Slackware, xorg.conf is pretty bare these days as detection is done pretty smoothly at start.  Using NVIDIA's installer to create a default xorg.conf, the only things I edited were
== Networking ==
The [[Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300]] Wi-Fi card and [[Intel Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000) PCI-Express]] Ethernet card both worked right out of the box.

Latest revision as of 02:57, 22 July 2011