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Re: bootloaders selecting wrong video adapter [was: GRUB doesn't come up in new installation]

On Fri, 24 Mar 2006 23:00:20 +0000
"Levi Waldron" <onemorenut@gmail.com> wrote:

> 2006/3/24, Andrew Sackville-West <andrew@farwestbilliards.com>:
> > it probably is booting. you've got the wrong video mode for your setup. you should probably specify vga=ask in the kernel line of your boot also, this seemed appropriate:
> >
> >
> You seem to be onto something!  I ran the "stable" install disc again,
> specifying "linux vga=ask" at the boot prompt.  It offered me the
> choice to scan all available vesa modes, and *nothing* showed up on my
> screen during the scan.

just pick one and see what happens? process of elimination? 
> This seems to be equivalent to a bug that has been reported and
> resolved in Redhat:
> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=121819
> I have a much better idea of what is going on, but am not any closer
> to getting Debian installed.  I suppose I could do it with a
> pre-installed image with X already set up, avoiding VESA modes
> altogether.  Or use a distribution with a graphical installer for now.

hmm... I suppose, but what if you need to use a VT? I'mnot sure how the kernel handles this, but you might be stuck with no useable VT's. I suggest a little trial and error might be in order to get a mode that works with your hardware. 

ummm.. how about knoppix (I'm a big fan) ? can you get a console screen with knoppix? what vga= is it passing?

>  I guess it's time to report this as a bug with the debian-installer
> folks.

yeah probably so.
> My hardware is:
> motherboard: ASUS P4S800
> graphics card: AOPEN Geforce2 MX200 32MB, Part No. 90.05210.B19.
> processor: Intel Celeron 2 GHz
> BIOS: AWARD plug & play BIOS Rev. 1004 extension v1.0A

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