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Re: black/blank screen with kon2


In <[🔎] 3EB912AA.6040403@gmx.de>,
  on Wed, 07 May 2003 23:05:30 +0900,
    on black/blank screen with kon2,
 anobo@gmx.de wrote:

> I `apt-get install'ed the packages kon2 and konfont.  Then I tried to 
> start `kon' but only got a black/blank screen.  If I switching between 
> the kon started console and an other console I can see sometimes 
> something (don't ask me what, I am not that fast with my eyes!).  If I 

My Note PC (NEC Lavie-Z LZ3001A) behaves as yours when
"Screen Expansion" is enabled with BIOS setting.

Now I disabled that expansion from BIOS setting menu,
and kon2 works well.

Graphic chips on My Note PC is ATI Rage Mobility.
Following is quoted from /var/log/XFree86.0.log:

  (--) ATI(0): ATI 3D Rage Mobility graphics controller detected.
  (--) ATI(0): Chip type 4C52 "LR", version 4, foundry TSMC, class 0, revision 0x01

> ---cut---here---
> Kanji ON Console ver.0.3.9 (2000/04/09)
> KON> video type `VGA' selected
> KON> hardware scroll mode.
> /usr/bin/fld> load JISX0201.1976-0 in shmem(_some numbers_): 4096 Byte
> /usr/bin/fld> load JISX0208.1983-0 in shmem(_some numbers_): 241824 Bytes
> KON> fatal error: Terminated
> I don't understand the first `/usr/bin/fld>...', because there is no 
> such an entry in `/etc/kon.cfg'.

Maybe your /etc/kon.cfg has these entries:

        gzip -d < /usr/share/fonts/kon/pubfont.a.gz | /usr/bin/fld -t minix -n
        gzip -d < /usr/share/fonts/kon/pubfont.k.gz | /usr/bin/fld -t minix -n

I think that pubfont.a.gz has the fonts for JISX0201.1976-0, 
and pubfont.k.gz for JISX0208.1983-0.

("Startup" means the default entry.)

> Furthermore I found no logs in /var/log/ and cause most of the 
> documentation is written in japanese (without the ability to display 
> japanese) I am unable to read it.

I think you can read English manual page with "LANG=C man kon".
And yes most of the documents under /usr/share/doc/kon2 is written
in Japanese, but nothing of them explains about your trouble.
I think this is machine (or graphic chips) specific issue.

> Anybody out there, who can help (would be very appreciated)?

If your system has "Video Screen Expansion" switch in the BIOS
setting menu, then just try disabling it.

Good Luck
  Taketoshi Sano: <sano@debian.org>,<sano@debian.or.jp>,<kgh12351@nifty.ne.jp>

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