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killing the penguin (framebuffer)

Humble apologies for newbie ignorance.
With that said...

On bootup, I simply want to boot into a text console. I've turned
off gdm, and that gets rid of the graphical login. Unfortunately,
it seems that I boot into a VESA framebuffer. At the console
there is a penguin on the top left corner, and my text is not
proportional (the bottom line of text scrolls off the bottom of
the screen). I want to be able to see all the text, and kill this
penguin (OK, I like animals, but not on my computer screen -
reminds me of Microsoft's Clippy).

In SuSE and Mandrake, I've seen this before. It's usually due to
a line in lilo.conf (or grub's menu.lst) saying "vga=771" or some
other number. Setting it to "vga=normal" gets rid of it. But that
doesn't work in Debian. Somewhere is a setting to turn off the
VESA framebuffer so I can just boot into plain text, but I
haven't been able to find it.

I'll be eternally grateful to anybody who can tell me how to kill
the penguin.

Robert Storey

On 20 Dec 2002 14:48:52 -0500
Bret Comstock Waldow <bwaldow@compuserve.com> wrote:

> I've just installed Woody r1.  (At least I was connected to an
> apt-source on the net while installing and it downloaded a lot,
> so I assume it's r1).
> I've been using Redhat 7.3 and SuSE 7.3 before that, and I've
> been using framebuffer support for my console sessions (Alt-F1,
> etc).
> I get my 1024x768 display (128x48 text) just fine.
> During install of Debian, there was a question about using
> framebuffer for consoles, and I believe the answer was 'yes'
> (whatever it was, I thought it made sense at the time).
> Now, I boot to a GUI, but my consoles are unreadable.  They're
> simply blank as installed.  If I add "vga=791" to lilo.conf, I
> get full-screen scrambled versions of some of my GUI screen.
> I don't even know where to start.  Is this an X86 problem, a
> Debian specific issue, what was installed to do with
> "framebuffers" by Debian I might need to look at, unscrew,
> uninstall, re-install?
> Any pointers would be helpful.
> Thanks in advance.
> Bret
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