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Bug#279648: kernel-source-2.6.9: no console on vga mode


Klaus Maria Pfeiffer writes:

> I'm running all kernels with vga=0x318.

> o the selfbuilt kernel with make-kpkg from kernel-source-2.6.9 (2.6.9-1):
> console is NOT ok (nothing displaying, but kde is ok)

> find the changes between the .config of the original debian 
> kernel-image-2.6.9-1-686 and my selfmade kernel from kernel-source-2.6.9:

> as you can see, I've only changed the architecture (which has imho no 
> influence on the bug) and UB devices.

With the command line argument vga=0x318, you are initially switching
the console into a VESA mode.  So in order to display anything, you
need the vesafb driver.  In the official i386 Debian kernel, vesafb is
a module, and is symlinked into /lib/modules/<version>/initrd.  From
there, it is added to the initrd and loaded right after the initrd
starts.  Your self-compiled kernel also has vesafb built as a module,
since you didn't change the setting, but is probably missing the

Regards, Jens.

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