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O.k. i've compiled the kernel and added the vga and other stuff to the menu.lst
but the screen stays black.
Also when it's done booting i'm in the dark
When i remove the options all is well but no frameoverlay
(you might want to edit this in your original post)
In order to get the framebuffer working with a NVIDIA card you should also load rivatnt as a Module.
Leaving it out results in no framebuffer at all.
Compiling it into the kernel results in no longer being able to install your nvidia driver
Well, when I posted this I thought I'd found something that worked.... It does work I guess, but not the framebuffer in all cases. Can you post your details for chipset and what you entered in /boot/grub/menu.lst to get the framebuffer working? I'll edit the original post so that hopefully someone else is not lead down the wrong path.
My desktop has an nforce2 chipset with integrated graphics and what I did in the original post works (including installing the Nvidia drivers).
I installed the testing kernel sources instead of the unstable ones.
And i didn't bother to install the win4lin stuff
In menuconfig i made sure i hade rivatnt driver installed as a loadable module and not compiled into the kernel. hence the M
You need it for the rivafb module wich provides the framebuffer (hence rivafb)
Graphics support --->[*] Support for frame buffer devices[*] VESA VGA graphics support[*] VGA
<M> RIVA tnt (or something nvidia like) !!!!! Watch it it's an M not a star!!!!
Console display driver support --->[*] Video mode selection support
<*> Framebuffer Console support[*] Select compiled-in fonts[*] VGA 8x8 font[*] VGA 8x16 font
Logo Configuration --->[*] Debian GNU/Linux Open Use logo (NEW)
And followed your instructions from there on.
I have a geforce ti4200 card
Bootsplash also works now except for the progress bar once i figure out how that works i'll post a howto
Yes, you can remove the kernel source tree, provided you won't want to compile anything against it (future kernel modules). Also, you don't need to keep it in /usr/src. You can keep the source tree in your /home directory and compile the kernel as a user. Only need to be root to install the kernel, not build it...