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Old 02-29-2004, 01:16 PM   #1
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Unhappy Installation screen resolution on gentoo

Hi, I'm trying to install gentoo on an old compaq presario 1640 laptop (after having been through vector linux, slackware, and libranet) with the hope that I can customize it to work well on the old hardware I have. Anyway, I started the installation but the screen size is about 5 lines to big i.e. at the bottom of my LCD is what was displayed 5 lines ago. I tried just doing a blind installation by following the directions but got frustrated by frequent mistypings.

I was wondering if there's any way to change the resolution (LCD = 800x600, i've heard that gentoo install resolution is higher) so that I can see all of the screen/terminal. Here's a visual discription of my problem:

. . .
cdimage root # ls
----------- this is the bottom of the LCD I can see everything above this line--------
cdimage root # cd ..
cdimage root # ls
cdimage root # ls
cdimage root # ls
cdimage root # ifconfig eth0 up <-this is the line I'm currently typing on

any help/commands would be greatly appreciated, I've tried googling it and searching support sites, no luck.
Old 02-29-2004, 01:48 PM   #2
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at the cd boot: prompt type:

gentoo nofb

this uses normal vga resolution
Old 03-06-2004, 01:36 AM   #3
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Smile problem fixed

finally managed to fix the problem, unfortunately "gentoo nofb" didn't work but "gentoo vga=ask" allowed me to pick a resolution that worked. Thanks anyway bnice


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