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Re: vga in lilo

On Thu, May 01, 2003 at 02:58:34PM -0500, Nathan E Norman wrote:
> On Thu, May 01, 2003 at 01:16:42PM -0400, Soren Andersen wrote:
> >    - It is best to let lilo tell you what you can ask for. Get your next
> >      boot-up to include the directive "vga=ask" so that you can review
> >      the modes offered. Do not use the mode *index* number that LILO
> >      displays, use the actual (decimal form of the) numerical mode code.
> >      Mode index number can _work_ but can change if hardware or kernel
> >      changes (?), is not robust way to specify mode.
> However, not all videa cards that work with vga=791 display that when
> you pass "vga=ask" to lilo.  I had a Toshiba Laptop that behaved this
> way.  It was a Tecra 8100 IIRC.

Which is why you use "vga=ask" and then type "scan" at the prompt. The
screen will flicker for a few seconds while it tries lots of modes and
then it'll show you a list of modes that it thinks will work. I've found
on a couple cards that after running "scan" some of the standard modes
that were initially offered either disappeared or changed, plus there
were quite a few new ones added.

You should probably also check to make sure that you don't have setfont
(part of the kbd package) setting your console font to one that's 80x25
during boot. I don't remember exactly where that's configured, but a
check through the init scripts should find it.

Michael Heironimus

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