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Old 12-26-2004, 05:30 PM   #1
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Exclamation Kernel Recompile 2.6.9 - Dell Laptop, No Display!!


Hi,

My apologies if this has been covered elsewhere; to my knowledge it has not.

I am a relative newbie and I recently compiled a new kernel (2.6.9), from my Slackware 10 2.4.26 kernel.

I followed the DaOne's kickass instructions at linuxquestions.org/questions/showthread.php?s=&threadid=127095

Everything (eventually) went well and my new kernel is compiled and installed properly. I use LILO and maintained a 'link' to my old 2.4.26 kernel (which I am using right now).

I am using a Dell Inspiron 5150 laptop (which uses an nVidia graphics card).

After I boot up and select my new (2.6.9) kernel, my computer boots 'properly', except after the LILO screen, there is nothing displayed on my screen at all (it goes black). My 2.4.26 kernel is still working properly. I don't know what I have to do to make my display function.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!

dropwise.
 
Old 12-26-2004, 05:38 PM   #2
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Post your /etc/lilo.conf. I think it's a certain option in there.
 
Old 12-26-2004, 05:48 PM   #3
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My lilo.conf

Here is my lilo.conf file below: (Thanks!!)

# LILO configuration file
# generated by 'liloconfig'
#
# Start LILO global section
boot = /dev/hdc
message = /boot/boot_message.txt
prompt
timeout = 1200
# Override dangerous defaults that rewrite the partition table:
change-rules
reset
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x256
vga = 773
# Normal VGA console
# vga = normal
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x64k
# vga=791
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x32k
# vga=790
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x256
# vga=773
# VESA framebuffer console @ 800x600x64k
# vga=788
# VESA framebuffer console @ 800x600x32k
# vga=787
# VESA framebuffer console @ 800x600x256
# vga=771
# VESA framebuffer console @ 640x480x64k
# vga=785
# VESA framebuffer console @ 640x480x32k
# vga=784
# VESA framebuffer console @ 640x480x256
# vga=769
# End LILO global section
# Windows bootable partition config begins
other = /dev/hdc2
label = Windows
table = /dev/hdc
# Windows bootable partition config ends
# Linux bootable partition config begins
image = /boot/vmlinuz
root = /dev/hdc3
label = Linux
read-only
# Linux bootable partition config ends
# Linux.old bootable partition config begins
image = /boot/vmlinuz-ide-2.4.26
root = /dev/hdc3
label = Linux.old
read-only
# Linux bootable partition config ends



----------------------------------------------------
both my 2.4.26 and 2.6.9 kernels are found on /dev/hdc3 and /boot/vmlinuz is my 2.6.9 kernel and /boot/vmlinuz-ide-2.4.26 is my old (working) kernel

Last edited by dropwise; 12-26-2004 at 05:49 PM.
 
Old 12-26-2004, 05:56 PM   #4
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Uncomment the line that says vga = normal, and comment out the line that says vga = 773.
 
Old 12-26-2004, 06:11 PM   #5
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Success!!

Hey Dude,

That worked like a CHARM!

I am writing this from my brand-spankin-new-kernel.

Thanks a million for your help. You are a genius.

dw.
 
Old 12-26-2004, 09:14 PM   #6
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Cool, I solved someone's problem

You must not have framebuffer support compiled into your new kernel. That's what caused it - it kept trying to boot to 1024x768 text mode.
 
  


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