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I recently installed Slack 9.0b (or what is to become it) and love it. I use the 1024x768 framebuffer in my text console (using rivafb), but I went to install rivaTV, drivers for a TV tuner on my Asus V7100 Deluxe Combo. In order for that install to stop whining, I had to disable the framebuffer, and now when i want it back, it does nothing. When i switch to a text console, it messes up, is in some insanely big resolution (either 640 or even 320) and creates two purple dots instead of a cursor. When i switch back to X, the server corrupts and I have to reboot (the three-fingered salute doesn't work).
I read about this in a forum, but it didn't help at all. The person who responded said to stop using NVdriver, and instead use the nv driver that comes with X. However, if it worked before I installed rivaTV, how can i make it work again?
edit: i sort of fixed it; stupid ol' me forgot to run /sbin/lilo after he edited lilo.conf. However, I still can't turn the framebuffer OFF properly....
I had a similar problem when the 2.4.X kernels first came out when I wanted to have both OpenGL support on both VT's and XFree86. After a bit of thinking, and a bit of tinkering, I realized what the cause was for crashes, lock ups and the such. . . BUT, since I was in denial I searched Google nontheless to prove my theory wrong. . . Unfortunately my theory held. . . 8^(
And this is a quote I found in Google which proved it:
Q: My system hangs when vt-switching if I have rivafb enabled.
A: Using both rivafb and the NVdriver kernel module at the same
time is currently broken. In general, using two independent
software drivers to drive the same piece of hardware is a bad
In short, you can only use one of the drivers. Since you are trying to use XFree86, then I would suggest recompiling the kernel back to using regular vesa for your vt's and use the NVdriver for your XFree86 sessions. . .
If you have a native NVidia chipset you want to use the NVdriver for you card to take full advantage of its processing power and features. The nv driver that comes with XFree86 uses a software render for OpenGL based on MESA, which means you will have OpenGL support for your card, but performance will be un-acceptable because the rendering is not performed directly by your card's native OpenGL hardware renderer.
well, i got the framebuffer in the first place with liloconfig, and it asked me if i wanted a framebuffer. the framebuffer worked before AND after i installed the NVdriver. However, when i disabled the framebuffer and booted to a shell, the shell was messed up big time. i would like to know how to properly disable the framebuffer (unloading the rivafb module at boottime) as vga=normal in lilo.conf does nothing. it works great now, but when i want to use rivaTV (the TV module I explained earlier), I need to disable the framebuffer.
interestingly enough, ive gotten so confused that i really dont know what im asking anymore.....
If rivafb is a module (&& assuming you have the vesa frame buffer present as a backup fb), then you can tell lilo to load the default vesa instead of rivafb with the following line in lilo: append="video=vesa:mtrr: pmipal: pro: ywrap" <- Get rid off the spaces . . . spaces added, otherwise you get !!!! >8^(
(Make sure you rerun lilo)
A side note(s): If rivafb is compiled in the kernel, then you can disable it with the line video=rivafb: off <- Get rid off the space. . . similar reason as above