so far i've tried three different live cd downloads. It is unlikely that all three were bad but not impossible. So far it has been LXDE, XFCE, and fluxbox. Apparently they are the 13.1.2 ISO's should I go with the newer ones if they are available? Will post lspci in another post. not internet on on slackware so going to have to do thumb drive to get it properly.
EDIT: here is a screen shot from the current testing distro i'm using.
still not sure if this is going to help. I can check to see if it is loading all the firmware as well.