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Old 10-21-2008, 06:32 PM   #1
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Where can a basic VGA driver be loaded at startup?


I'm sure I'll get creamed for asking such an obtuse question, but I'm not exactly sure how to narrow it.

My goal is two-fold:

1) get the "embedded" version of pfsense (yes, I know it's BSD based) to load a vga driver since I can't find a store within 20 miles of here that carries a null-modem cable. (I knew I shouldn't have tossed mine out).

2) understand *nix a little better.

So the "embedded" version doesn't load a vga driver since it expects to be installed on a headless system. Do I necessarily need to compile a vga driver into the kernel, or can I fish around for a auto-run file that can enable my vga card?

If this is still too vague, kindly just ask questions that may narrow it down a bit. If I could anticipate the questions, I'd have surely answered them.
 
Old 10-22-2008, 10:51 AM   #2
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I'm sure I'll get creamed for asking such an obtuse question, but I'm not exactly sure how to narrow it.

My goal is two-fold:

1) get the "embedded" version of pfsense (yes, I know it's BSD based) to load a vga driver since I can't find a store within 20 miles of here that carries a null-modem cable. (I knew I shouldn't have tossed mine out).
I don't know what p-fenses is. If it's BSD based, you should post on the *BSD forums, where you are going to get a better chance to get a valid solution. My guess is that you need to include framebuffer support on your kernel, but my experience with bsd has been very limited.

If it's based on a linux kernel, you should search for framebuffer. It can be setup in the same linux kernel using vesafb, vesafb-tng or uvesafb depending on the concrete version you are using. Most kernels comes with that precompiled, but if it was a special kernel for a headless device then it might not have that support and you will need to recompile.
 
  


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