Bug#405737: Installation report : etch(daily build 20070103-21:52 ) installgui fails on i810
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Attilio Fiandrotti wrote:
> many video cards simply aren't supported by
> vesafb, so we implemented a sw fallback to the textual frontend for
> those cases.
Hmm, I suspect some fallback are not strictly related to the driver.
I just tried today to boot the i386 daily netinst on a Intel Core 2 Duo
machine and it (kind of) fell back to a messy text interface (starting
directly into newt looked and behaved a lot better). OTOH, the daily
businesscard amd64 image booted fine and intiated correctly the graphical
interface. (I intended to submit a BR, but this seems related).
The graphics card is an ATI Radeon Mobility X1400.
> My question is: why this mechanism, which is provided starting from
> rootskel 1.47 and rootskel-gtk 1.02 did not work for Roy?
> Roy, could you please test today's miniiso  and see if you're brought
> to a textual interface by just pressing <enter> at boot prompt?
I am still wondering if a true fallback to the newt interface should be
implemented or, if that can't be done reliably, a message saying something
"The video card in your system seems not to be compatible with the
graphics driver used in the graphical environment in D-I. You will have to
restart the installation in text mode"
"Imagination is more important than knowledge" A.Einstein
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