Bug#152804: boot-floppies: framebuffer causes Mobile Radeons to lock
reassign 152804 install-doc
On Sat, 2002-07-13 at 02:07, Jim Crilly wrote:
> I was trying to install Debian on my Dell Inspiron 4100 with a Mobile
> Radeon in it and it would freeze during install randomly, anywhere
> between 2 and 10 minutes after bootup. I tracked it down to the vga16
> framebuffer (found a similar note on a linux-laptop website, but can't find the link
> now...). I couldn't find any kernel parameter to disable the framebuffer
> so I compiled a new kernel without fb support, put it on the install
> floppy and it worked like a charm.
> I don't see why the fb is enabled anyway since Debian still uses an
> ncurses install, it just makes it slower (for my hardware anyway).
The framebuffer is important for the language chooser. You can disable
it on the kernel command line with something like "video=vga16:off".
About the only thing we can do here is add a note to the documentation.
I'm reassigning this report to the install-doc package.
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