It's ok, I've got the framebuffer working with vesafb-tng and it's a nice 1280x1024 resolution screen. I decided against using the nvidia framebuffer since it is apparently not compatible with the nvidia binary drivers, which I may want to use.

-h
Hari Sekhon


James Lehman wrote:
If you don't see Tux the penguin in the upper left corner of the screen
during boot, then your kernel is not coming up with a frame buffer. Trying
anything after that is pointless. Either fiddle with your kernel some more
or get another video card.

James.   :o)



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Hari Sekhon" <hpsekhon@googlemail.com>
To: <linux-fbdev-users@lists.sourceforge.net>
Sent: Friday, October 13, 2006 8:54 AM
Subject: [Linux-fbdev-users] Framebuffer on nVidia NV18GL?


  
I have a new machine with an nVidia NV18GL [Quadro FX 550] card in it. I
have compiled both vesafb-tng and nvidia framebuffer support in to the
kernel and tried various things without success.

I find the whole framebuffer device thing a bit weird in practice, a bit
hit-and-miss, sometimes I get it and sometimes I don't.

I have tried various lines in my grub menu.lst such as

kernel (hd0,2)/boot/kernel-2.6.17-gentoo-r8 root=/dev/sda3
video=vesafb:mtrr:3,ywrap,1024x768-32@85

which was taken from the usually excellent gentoo handbook and

kernel (hd0,2)/boot/kernel-2.6.17-gentoo-r8 root=/dev/sda3
video=nvidiafb vga=0x318

but neither seem to work. I just get an error immediately on boot saying
the mode wasn't recognised or something and it gives me a list of modes
to choose from, all of which end up in a normal looking terminal without
the nice framebuffer screen. I am a little confused by the lack of clear
documentation on this.

Could somebody point me in the right direction?

-- 
Hari Sekhon


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