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Someone told me that since I have 1 gig of RAM, I would have to press F1 to install Mandrake 9.1 then type "vga=0" because of a bug. Will this option, make the install be in text mode only or something? Also, I would like to know if this will change something after the install ? (low resolution, slowness, or something like that?)
I think it's a problem with video cards that have at least 128mb of memory (which mine has). Also, I looked in the mandrake bugzilla and it looks like if you put the option "mem=880" there're no problems. But I would like to be able to use all the memory I just bought! Anyone knows what consequences the "vga=0" option will give?
Error scenario: Booting the installer, a machine with a lot of memory (1GB or more) hangs with flashing caps/scroll lock LEDs (Bugzilla #3198).
Why: It seems as though there is framebuffer trouble with certain video cards on machines with a high amount of memory.
Solution: At the installer splash screen when you first boot off the CD or floppy disks, press F1 and type "linux vga=0".
This specifies the VGA text mode that should be selected when
booting. It may be specified as a global option. The following
values are recognized (case is ignored):
normal: select normal 80x25 text mode.
extended (or ext): select 80x50 text mode.
ask: stop and ask for user input (at boot time).
<number>: use the corresponding text mode. A list of available
modes can be obtained by booting with vga=ask and pressing
If this variable is omitted, the VGA mode setting contained in
the kernel image is used. (And that is set at compile time using
the SVGA_MODE variable in the kernel Makefile, and can later be
changed with the rdev(8) program.)