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Re: prep with matrox millenium == out of scan range when booting kernel?!

On Fri, May 03, 2002 at 11:17:26AM +0200, Rubin wrote:
> Hello People,
> As I've posted before, I have modern debian 3.0 booting succesfully on a 
>  Bull Estrella Series 300 (aka Motorola Powerstack II 4000/Pro).
> After some investigations it turned out that the vga card is severely 
> out of date (a Cirrus Logic GD5446 /w 256k of ram ;-). Ofcourse, this 
> machine needs a cool graphics card so my first try was a Diamond FireGL 
> 3000 with fully loaded texture board (32mb)... The machine refused to 
> come up (probably because it is anything but "standard" vga"). So as a 
> second best, I chose my trusty Matrox Millenium II /w 4mb ram. The sytem 
> agreed, and comes up nicely into the openfirmware screen and presents 
> the usual bootup and diagnostics options.
> But alas, it was all too good to be true; As soon as the bootloader (I 
> think quik) loads, the screen goes black and a second later my monitor 
> states "Out Of Scan Range"... Mmmm.. I tried and reproduced this with 
> the older (2.2 potato) and newer (3.0 testing).
> I'm pretty sure this has to do with the bootloader of debian but I don't 
> know how to resolve this!
> Interresting enough, running the yaboot bootloader from the ydl 2.2 cd 
> inits the screen properly and presents me a boot: prompt; Alas, I seem 
> to be unable to use it to boot my system with as it always returns "No 
> Such File Or directory" or a "Corrupt Or Invalid Partition"..
> If anybody has any suggestions, please let me know. I'll keep hacking at 
> it and post whatever I'll find out next ;-)

Addng video=ofonly to the boot arguments is worth a try.

I've also seen some sophisticated video boot arguments posted to 
-powerpc in the past, you might check out the archives.

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