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Old 02-13-2003, 06:19 PM   #1
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Unhappy vesa framebuffer ... failed to open


I'm on an IBM TP 755cx (laptop). Slackware 8.1.

I've tried xf86config and XF86Setup. I don't have the XConfigurator and despite what the slackware book tells me I don't have SuperProbe either.

I'm trying to get X-windows going. I can get a flawed version up using xf86config, but only a quarter of the desktop shows on my screen ... tried every variation I could of display resolutions, screen sizes, colour depths, etc..

Anyway, that's not the question: Slackware book tells me the the framebuffer can be used with virtually any graphics card ... I've installed xxfb-[whatever].tgz and all I get is

Fatal server error:
open_framebuffer: fialed to open /dev/fb0 (No such device)

However, the fb0 is listed in /proc/devices. None of the other threads I've found offer a solution, they all end with trying something else. Anyone?

I've enabled the vga=769 line in /etc/lilo.conf and run 'lilo'. fbset says: "open /dev/fb0: No such device"

/dev/MAKEDEV fb - which I saw in a thread somewhere has at one time given a list of device doesn't exist errors (?), or somethign like that, and othertimes executes without any feedback ... neither result helps.

Anyone out there got a genuine answer on this one? Please.
Old 02-13-2003, 06:20 PM   #2
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Rep: Reputation: 31 - was probably the most useful thread, however it didn't give any answers.
Old 02-13-2003, 07:52 PM   #3
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I had the same problem and searched this forum for answers...
From what I've read, SuperProbe used to be included in Slackware, but it has since been removed.
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