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Bug#152804: marked as done (boot-floppies: framebuffer causes Mobile Radeons to lock)



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Subject: boot-floppies: framebuffer causes Mobile Radeons to lock
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Package: boot-floppies
Version: N/A; reported 2002-07-12
Severity: important

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).

I can provide more information if need be.


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Date: Fri, 12 Jul 2002 20:34:46 -0500
From: Chris Lawrence <lawrencc@debian.org>
To: Jim Crilly <noth@noth.is.eleet.ca>, 152804-done@bugs.debian.org
Subject: Re: Bug#152804: boot-floppies: framebuffer causes Mobile Radeons to lock
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On Jul 12, 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.

Try video=vga16:off; it's mentioned on the F5 page when you boot up,
along with the other "SPECIAL BOOT ARGUMENTS".

> 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).

For i18n... Japanese, for one, cannot be displayed without the framebuffer.


Chris
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Chris Lawrence <chris@lordsutch.com> - http://www.lordsutch.com/chris/


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