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Re: Dell 8000 problems -- 4-way split screen

on Wed, 11 Jun 2003 09:16:35PM -0400, Kevin McKinley insinuated:
> On Wed, 11 Jun 2003 13:41:12 -0400
> Nori Heikkinen <nori@sccs.swarthmore.edu> wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > 
> > I'm trying to install debian on a Dell Inspiron 8000.  It's being a
> > little less cooperative than the desktop systems I'm used to! 
> > 
> > My main problem right now is that on the console (i haven't even
> > gotten X up yet), the screen is normal for the top quarter, and then
> > redraws itself ontop of itself beginning at the 1-quarter, half, and
> > 3-quarter marks.  The result is pretty legible for the second quarter,
> > but absolutely illegible at the bottom.
> I have a I8000, and I found a similar problem (not exactly the same)
> when I "upgraded" the BIOS. I reverted to A17 and the problem
> disappeared.

huh.  i hit on disabling framebuffer suppornt (passing the option
"video=vga16:off" to LILO) and this did the trick.

> We have two things to contend with that many others don't -- Dell
> BIOS and NVIDIA video -- which may be interacting in a weird way.

I think my card is ATI, actually.


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