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Old 07-17-2005, 11:37 AM   #1
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NVIDIA FX5200 and Console Framebuffer

I recently bought a FX5200 card and my bootsplash has gone. Now I only can boot with "vga=normal" specified in either Grub or Lilo. Both Slackware and SuSE cannot load the vesafb support at boot. Slackware boot messages are reporting an error numbered "-6", when trying to load vesafb, and SuSE doesn't report any problem at all, but when I try to run links web browser using the fb driver, it complains of the lack of framebuffer support. I set the right permissions in /dev/fb0, but to no avail. It seems the framebuffer is there, but isn't working.

X is working fine.

How I can solve this situation?

NB.: I had the same problem this guy had with another NVIDIA card (GEFORCE4 MX 4000):, but it seems that FX5200 is having another kind of problem on my computer, because I don't use the TV OUT connection.
Old 07-18-2005, 05:02 AM   #2
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Precise your graphic card model
If it isn't Vesa 2.0 compliant, you must add vesa 2.0 extension to it by usiong TSR - terminate and stay resident program, or try install ing XF86_FBdev driver for vesafb

or try installing a new kernel and configure after typing make xconfig :
go to Console Drivers and enable everything ( vesa driver,
Old 07-19-2005, 10:16 PM   #3
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My brother has the same card and the framebuffer is working properly. Also he's using the same kernel. I think there is some wrong configuration in my BIOS, but I can't figure what it could be.

Thank you for your suggestions.


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