I have just compiled kernel 2.4.18 and everything was perfect, apart from
a nasty console which is 80x30 and too far off to the left. I started
hacking around, and downloaded fbset, this gives me access to a nice
console. I copied the ATI fb.modes file, and I do:
$ fbset 800x600-72
This gives me the console I want, I just need to know how to set this as
a kernel parameter instead. I don't like doing this in rc.sysinit because
(1) I loose the Penguin logo, and (2) I'd like it to work automagically
from the kernel boot.
I have played with my grub.conf and tried several parameters using
append, such as:
video=atyfb etc etc
yet all have just given me a blank screen; If I login without being able
to see what I type, then startx, I can get the console back by then
quitting X. I have also tried standard vesa syntax vga=791 and such like
but this does not work :(
Does anyone have any hints? I can give additional information on request.
 dmesg context:
Journalled Block Device driver loaded
PCI: Found IRQ 9 for device 00:0b.0
radeonfb: ref_clk=2700, ref_div=60, xclk=16600 from BIOS
Console: switching to colour frame buffer device 80x30
^--- I don't seem to be able to get something better here
radeonfb: ATI Radeon QD SDR SGRAM 32 MB
radeonfb: CRT port CRT monitor connected
 sample grub.conf lines
append="video=atyfb:800x600-8" -> doesn't work
append="atyfb:mode:800x600,font:SUN12x22" -> doesn't work, but font
available in kernel. Doesn't work without font declaration either, or if
I use cmode: to set bpp.
Simon White. Multiplatform Internet Specialist.
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