VESA framebuffer changes in 2.4

From: Joel Beach (
Date: Mon Feb 05 2001 - 20:37:21 EST

Just wondering whether the VESA framebuffer underwent wholesale changes
between 2.2 and 2.4. I use a graphical console (1024x768 @ 8bit colour
depth), and full-screen scrolling performance is *really* bad. When I type
'ls' in a directory with a large amount of files, it becomes really slow.
Under 2.2.18 I have no such problems.

I run my 2.4.1 system in a separate partition, built from scratch, and the
only important difference I can imagine between my 2.2.18 and 2.4.1 configs
is that I use agetty rather than mingetty in 2.4.1.

I can make my scrolling performance in 2.4.1 very good by appending the
following option in lilo.conf:


This makes scrolling down very fast - as fast if not faster than 2.2.18 -
but scrolling up one line at a time is absolutely horrendous - it seems to
redraw the whole screen. It is easy to test this bu using vi to edit a
file. I know this is probably due to the way that ywrap uses the video
card's memory as a buffer for scrolling down, but why is the behaviour so
different from 2.2.18?

BTW, I use an nvidia GeForce DDR 32MB RAM. I don't subscribe to the list,
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