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Re: How do I get a /dev/fb0 from my Hercules Kyro?

On Fri, Jul 29, 2005 at 08:25:58PM +0200, wim wrote:
> Hendrik Boom wrote:
> >On Fri, Jul 29, 2005 at 01:42:51PM +0100, Wackojacko wrote:
> >
> >>>I'm one of those poor wretches with a Hercules Prophet Kyro
> >>>PCI video card on an aging 233 MHz Pentium. the one that isn't
> >>>VESA, or even VGA, but EGA (remember those?). I found a report
> >>>dated 2002 that someone got such a setup to work with
> >>>the framebuffer driver fbdev (though of course no acceleration)
> >>>and tried configuring my x server accordingly.
> >>>All went well, until, when I ran startx, the message
> >>>
> >>>(EE) open /dev/fb0: No such device
> >>>
> >>>Of course there is a /dev/fb0 *file*.  Presumably I am missing
> >>>some kernel option or module that would actually *implement*
> >>>the behaviout of this device.  Anyone know where to find it?
> >>>
> >>>Now I'm pretty sure that *someone*, *somewhere* knows how to
> >>>make these cards work at least a little:  when I had Mandrake on
> >>>the machine, it did a pretty graphic display durung boot time,
> >>>but when it finished booting, it switched to a text console,
> >>>and I never managed to get X to work.  It was frustrating not to
> >>>get the level of performance out of it that the boot-up display
> >>>provided.
> >>>
> >>>-- hendrik
> >>
> >>Have you checked the permissions on the dev/fb0 file.  I had a similar 
> >>problem with /dev/input/js* and it turned out to have the wrong 
> >>permissions (600 instead of 660).
> >
> >
> >ls -l /dev/fb0 gives:
> >
> >crw-rw----  1 root video 29, 0 2005-07-09 07:03 /dev/fb0
> >
> >And I checked -- I am a member of the video group.
> >So I suspect the /dev file is OK, but I am missing some kernel driver.
> >Is there any documentation anywhere which drivers support which /dev files?
> >
> >This machine could be a decent X-terminal (ceratinly better than the one
> >I used at work fifteen years ago) if I could only get this frame buffer
> >to work.
> >
> >-- hendrik
> >
> >
> Are you using udev?

I'm using whatever Debian sarge installed by default just three days ago.
How do I find out whether I'm using udev?

> Did you loaded the correct module for your framebuffer?

Probably not, unless it was autodetected.  I suspect that's
the problem.  But what *is* the correct module for the
framebuffer for the Hercule Kyro Prophet series of video cards,

-- hendrik

> wim.
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