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Old 12-01-2006, 09:17 PM   #1
flowersrj
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Video mode boot message problem


Hi,

I always get the following messages on booting ... Slack 11

boot:
Loading Linux ...............
BIOS data check successful
You passed an undefined mode number.
Press <RETURN> to see video modes available, <SPACE> to continue or wait 30 secs.

I hit SPACEBAR and then it continues on to LOGIN.

Can anyone tell me what file to check out and what to look for so I can stop this message & its prompt from displaying on every boot.

TIA,
Rich
 
Old 12-01-2006, 09:41 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by flowersrj
Hi,

I always get the following messages on booting ... Slack 11

boot:
Loading Linux ...............
BIOS data check successful
You passed an undefined mode number.
Press <RETURN> to see video modes available, <SPACE> to continue or wait 30 secs.

I hit SPACEBAR and then it continues on to LOGIN.

Can anyone tell me what file to check out and what to look for so I can stop this message & its prompt from displaying on every boot.

TIA,
Rich
You probably have a card that doesn't support framebuffer. Does it happened to be an Intel810? You could get it to work, but you need to hack the kernel and the lilo.conf file. In order to avoid that problem, just edit your /etc/lilo.conf and under "vga =" make sure to switch it to vga = normal. You won't the pretty text with the little penguin on top, but it works.

Oh, and something VERY IMPORTANT that I forgot to add is to run /sbin/lilo from the command line after making edits to your lilo.conf file. This will tell you if there were any errors or if it worked.

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Old 12-01-2006, 10:00 PM   #3
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You probably have a card that doesn't support framebuffer. Does it happened to be an Intel810? You could get it to work, but you need to hack the kernel and the lilo.conf file. In order to avoid that problem, just edit your /etc/lilo.conf and under "vga =" make sure to switch it to vga = normal. You won't the pretty text with the little penguin on top, but it works.

Oh, and something VERY IMPORTANT that I forgot to add is to run /sbin/lilo from the command line after making edits to your lilo.conf file. This will tell you if there were any errors or if it worked.
Thanks for the quick reply. It had vga=771 and I just switched it to vga=normal and the message dissapeared.

Its an old 32meg 166mmx Compaq laptop Armada 4160T and it has a 12.1 TFT Active Matrix screen with a Cirrus Logic Integrated SVGA video card.



What did you mean by hack the kernel?

Rich

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Old 12-01-2006, 10:03 PM   #4
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Thanks for the quick reply. It had vga=771 and I just switched it to vga=normal but I get the same results.

Its an old Compaq laptop Armada 4160T and it has a 12.1 TFT Active Matrix screen with a Cirrus Logic Integrated SVGA video card.

I still get the same results though.

What did you mean by hack the kernel?

Rich
Did you make sure to run /sbin/lilo as root after making those changes?

By hacking the kernel, I mean that you will need to make changes in the kernel .config file, and re-compile the kernel again. If you are not too familiar on how to do that, then don't worry about it. Let me know if you ran /sbin/lilo after making your changes the the lilo.conf file.
 
Old 12-02-2006, 07:48 AM   #5
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Did you make sure to run /sbin/lilo as root after making those changes?

By hacking the kernel, I mean that you will need to make changes in the kernel .config file, and re-compile the kernel again. If you are not too familiar on how to do that, then don't worry about it. Let me know if you ran /sbin/lilo after making your changes the the lilo.conf file.
Yes I did. Until I rebooted no change occurred. Thanks again for your help on that.

Next video problem, X-windows. I have got around an 1-1/2 space not being used all around the edge of the screen. Graphics seem sized for a full window though. I snooped around xorg.conf but its not real intuitive on what to change. HorizSync is set at 31.5-35.1 and VertRefresh is 50-90.

Any clues there?

Rich

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Old 12-02-2006, 09:33 AM   #6
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Yes I did. Until I rebooted no change occurred. Thanks again for your help on that.

Next video problem, X-windows. I have got around an 1-1/2 space not being used all around the edge of the screen. Graphics seem sized for a full window though. I snooped around xorg.conf but its not real intuitive on what to change. HorizSync is set at 31.5-35.1 and VertRefresh is 50-90.

Any clues there?

Rich
Ok, I'm confused...so did it work?

As far as your monitor, you may want to look at your monitor's documentation. How did you set up xorg? Did you xorgconfig or xorgsetup? I have found that the xorgsetup works much better as it configures everything for you. Try that one and see how well it works. Then report back. You may have to do some additional changes to the xorg.conf file after that.
 
Old 12-02-2006, 06:38 PM   #7
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Hi,

Yes it worked great. However, since then I got a error on hda which won't let me boot so I am rebuilding as we speak.

Rich
 
Old 12-02-2006, 06:52 PM   #8
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Funny, I just finished installing slack 11 and not 5 minutes ago got the same message and was just about to post the same exact question....

When i change the mode in lilo and run lilo, then reboot, I still am asked to type in a mode. Is there a way for it to automatically do that?

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