Bug#405737: Installation report : etch(daily build 20070103-21:52 ) installgui fails on i810
Frans Pop wrote:
reassign 405737 cdebconf-gtk-udeb
retitle 405737 G-I does not support some i810 graphics cards
On Sunday 07 January 2007 15:03, Roy Francis wrote:
If I simply insmod a precompiled i810fb.ko, will it work ?
I've been testing a bit with that, but at least on my laptop (which seems
to need intelfb) I could not get it to work.
First I got a conflict with the vesafb driver, but even after compiling a
custom kernel I could not get anything useful. I'm not sure that directfb
currently even supports other framebuffer drivers.
Of course it does (and when a hw-specific fb device is available,
complex graphical application get a boost over using non-accelerated
Yes ! it is giving a textual interface.
Thanks for confirming that. At least we now know that it does not actually
fail to start the installer anymore, but falls back in a nice way.
Sorry the graphical interface does not work for your system. We can
hopefully resolve that for the next Debian release (Lenny).
Since i810 isn't simply supported by vesafb, a way out for this could be
providing i810fb module in the installer/ in the kernel and loading it
at boot time when i810 chip is detected.
Note to developers: please leave this BR with cdebconf-gtk-udeb. I'd like
to have at least one bug report there to document this issue.
A similar report is #400898.
Yep, that's the BR that pointed out that we had to provide a graceful
fallback to NEWT for those cases where vesafb couldn't be started.