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Old 05-05-2004, 03:35 PM   #1
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Video Driver Poblems with Red Hat 8.0 (trident video driver)

I've never used any Linux system before. I just installed Red Hat 8.0 and I can log in with the graphical mode login. When the Red Hat Linux boot process begins, I can see approx. three lines of the text mode displays (the setting fonts, etc.) before the screen is filled with these wired characters. After the boot process is complete, the graphical mode login comes up and I can log into Gnome or KDE fine. Gnome and KDE desktops come up and work fine, but when I hit Ctrl + Alt and F1-F6 to log into the virtual console, I receive a screen of strange characters. The characters are patterned (not random) with things like "G^" representing whitespace (at least thats what it looks like to me). I'm pretty sure this is a problem with my video driver. I'm using a Trident Cyberblade i7 video card with the generic Linux trident driver. I don't know if I need to get a new driver, and I have no idea how to replace the drivers without being able to use the text mode consoles.
Old 05-20-2004, 03:25 PM   #2
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I have seen a few G^ characters here and there on Redhat 8.0, but never the whole screen. Sounds like your video card isn't fully VGA compatible. Drivers won't solve this because Linux accesses the VGA registers directly.

The easiest way to fix this is probably to switch to a 256-character font. You lose some of the exotic characters that a 512-character font gives you, but that's better than an unreadable screen!


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