Latest LQ Deal: Latest LQ Deals
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware
User Name
Linux - Hardware This forum is for Hardware issues.
Having trouble installing a piece of hardware? Want to know if that peripheral is compatible with Linux?


  Search this Thread
Old 11-30-2004, 11:11 AM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Nov 2004
Location: Bucarest, Romania
Distribution: My own
Posts: 26

Rep: Reputation: 15
problem with VESA framebuffer driver


I have just started to install X on my laptop, and evething worked well.

I use the kernel 2.6.9, (the latest alpha st ver).

I have a nvidia card, more precisely:

Bus 1, device 0, function 0:
VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV17 [GeForce4 440 Go 64M] (rev 163).
IRQ 11.
Master Capable. Latency=248. Min Gnt=5.Max Lat=1.
Non-prefetchable 32 bit memory at 0xe0000000 [0xe0ffffff].
Prefetchable 32 bit memory at 0x90000000 [0x97ffffff].
Prefetchable 32 bit memory at 0x98000000 [0x9807ffff].

in /etc/X11/xorg.conf, I set up the nv driver for video d.

The problem is that I do not know how can I set up the kernel so that framebuffer device works well
If I set up the rivafb, the ker is able to see it :

linux:~ # cat /proc/fb
0 NV17 VGA
linux:~ #

When installed so
1. if I start X server with 1024x768 in desktop sect, the laptop blocks completely, I must power off and then switch on.
2. if I start with 640x480, the computer give the error : screen found, but any of them is good.

I tried everything to install VESAFB if menuconfig , but I do know what options I must select. I I select only VESA, after reboot I will see:

linux:~ # cat /proc/fb
linux:~ #

If somebody has an idea, please help me.

Post Script

When I use the selection: Device Drivers ---> Graphics support ---> Virtual Frame Buffer support (ONLY FOR TESTING!)

everything worked well, the X ser worked, the 1024x768 screex display with mouse cursor appeared when I started X. But it's just for testing...
Old 11-30-2004, 08:05 PM   #2
Gentoo Developer
Registered: Feb 2004
Location: Fort Lauderdale FL.
Distribution: Gentoo
Posts: 3,291
Blog Entries: 5

Rep: Reputation: 56
Sounds like it passed the test,I would use it.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
VESA framebuffer vs Intel framebuffer in Slackware 10.0 with default kernel brancalessio Slackware 3 01-20-2005 03:21 PM
VESA Framebuffer Driver hubabuba Linux - General 1 10-02-2004 07:37 AM
got vesa framebuffer console working teacup Member Success Stories 0 05-26-2003 01:16 PM
vesa framebuffer ... failed to open pbhj Linux - Newbie 2 02-13-2003 07:52 PM
VESA framebuffer nautilus_1987 Slackware 3 09-26-2002 12:13 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:17 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration