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Old 10-05-2003, 04:01 PM   #1
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Question Problems with video mode in debian

Yo folks,

I have serious problems with my just installed linux debian 3.0 r1 Woody.

When I boot into linux the framebuffer is set to 80x30 (cols x rows). Well my LCD-monitor or SIS m650 videocard is not very happy with this default mode because the last 5 rows are below my monitor so I can't see them.

So you say: "Just change the video mode to 80x25". This trick is down in lilo by typing linux vga=ask, following a list of modes and just select 80x25. But this does'nt work either. At some point during the boot process the default mode 80x30 kicks in ignoring my selected 80x25 mode.

Somewhere on the internet I read about a tool named svgatextmode. And it works fine. I now can tune my video mode to 80x25 and various other modes when I am logged into linux. But when I want a mode higher then 80x25, the commandline after a while moves below my monitor 5 rows. It doesn't matter if the mode is 80x30 or 80x50 it always ends up below my monitor 5 rows.

Does anyone know how to solve this problem??? And how to make linux boot in a more handsome video mode of 800x600 and 80x50 for example???????

Looking forward to your answers!!!




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