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Old 06-17-2008, 05:28 PM   #1
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Framebuffer problem?

I've installed Slackware 12.1 on my Sony notebook with nVidia GeForce Go graphic card, recently! I used 11.0 and 12.0 (with stock and custom compiled kernels) on same machine without any problems.

The problem is next - after I choose to load Slack on Lilo prompt, screen goes black and it stays like that (sometimes, not always); there is no sign of any activity. The only way is to restart/power off machine manually by pressing power button.

More details - I am using vga=773 (tried others also, like 791) parameter in lilo.conf; stock kernels - problem is present with both, huge.smp and generic; it seems that problems started with 2.6.24 and newer kernels; problem is not present when vga parameter is not used.

So, any ideas what is causing this and how can I fix it?

Thank you in advance!
Old 06-17-2008, 06:17 PM   #2
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You could try different vga= options along with the parameter "fb=off". This will disable the framebuffer completely but still select the video mode (using the BIOS for I/O, presumably).
Old 06-25-2008, 05:09 PM   #3
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Thank you for your answer! I built custom compiled and the problem is solved. I really don't know caused this problem under 2.6.24.x kernels.:-/
Old 06-26-2008, 04:33 PM   #4
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Unhappy interesting similarity!!!

Hi good people I am also experiencing a somewhat similar problem with my Compaq laptop with intel i945GM chipset graphics. In my case the when I compile the vesa driver into the kernel after the black boot process eventually I get into X. But if I compile in intelfb which I assume should be an accelarated 2D driver my laptop locks-up and display strange color lines. How can I fix this?


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