slackware-current 2 minute pause on boot and the need for nomodeset

I am running slackware 14.2 64 bit multilib with nvidia 440.44 series drivers with no problems,
but when i run on slackware-current (linux-5.4.16 with the same drivers) i get a 2 minute
pause on boot then the boot up process continues no problem. When i run 4.19.* lts series kernel
no pause occurs and nomodeset is not necessary to prevent the graphics from being unusable.

there is a thread on this at linuxquestions:
https://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/slackware-14/linux-5-4-6-2-minute-pause-on-boot-4175666404/