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hellocatfood 01-15-2011 10:52 AM

/dev/fb0: No such file or directory
I'm attempting to use fbgrab and fbcat, but it requires /dev/fb0 to exist. I've checked in /dev/ and it unfortunately doesn't exist

How can I create this file? My computer specs are in my signature and I'm using the proprietary ATI Radeon 4500 graphics driver

stress_junkie 01-15-2011 10:56 AM

Did you look at the Frambuffer HowTo page that is linked from the fbgrab home page?

hellocatfood 01-15-2011 11:01 AM

I've tried reading up on the part specific to ATI cards but I don't trust instructions that are untested.

adamk75 01-15-2011 01:15 PM

You will want to use the vesa framebuffer if you are going to stick with the proprietary drivers. Assuming your kernel has support for it, you'll need to pass vga=somemode to the kernel. Check the "What VESA modes are available to me?" part of the document you were looking at.


vonbiber 01-17-2011 07:16 AM

1. first check that framebuffer is enabled in your kernel
Execute this command

zcat /proc/config.gz | grep -v '^#' | grep FB
It should return something like


2. If the answer is yes you should have in your boot options
(your grub menu or lilo menu) something like

or vga=792, etc. according to your screen size and resolution
(If you have a 15-inch, 791 should be fine)

If framebuffer is not enabled in your kernel you'll have to
rebuild the kernel by enabling these options first

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