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Old 01-26-2007, 10:44 PM   #1
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does the vesa console framebuffer driver conflict with the proprietary nvidia driver?

Hi all--

I was just wondering because I'm about to upgrade the 2.4 kernel in slackware to 2.6 and install the proprietary nvidia driver from for X.

I really like framebuffer consoles (1024x768) and would hate to lose them. So my question is, if I enable the vesa framebuffer and framebuffer console in the 2.6 kernel, will that driver conflict with NVidia's driver?
Old 01-26-2007, 11:13 PM   #2
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I use a 1024x768x256 VESA framebuffer console at boot. When I login and type startx, the nvidia driver from takes over. I don't have any problems or conflicts with them...

Hope that helps.
Old 01-28-2007, 06:51 AM   #3
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I just had to recompile kernel a few times, so here's my 2 cents:

I was trying the 2.6.18 and 2.6.19 kernels and both have in the fb section configuration to enable the nvidia framebuffer directly in kernel. If you want to install the driver from, you can't select any nVidia drivers, because they would conflict with the proprietary one.

However if you enable the VESA fb, you still get vesafb console (although it is not accelerated nvidia). When you start X after installing the nvidia driver, an nVidia driver takes care of the graphic jobs.


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