Re: 2.6.0-test1 Vesa fb and Nvidia

From: David St.Clair (
Date: Wed Jul 16 2003 - 16:31:20 EST

I have also tried using CONFIG_FB_VGA16 as a module (so it's not loaded
by default) and I get the same results.

In /arch/i386/boot/video.S
CONFIG_VIDEO_VESA is defined. CONFIG_VIDEO_SVGA is the only one not

Setting it in my .config file didn't seem to work. (I may be doing
something dumb here...) It resulted in a warning message ".config:1318:
trying to assign nonexistent symbol VIDEO_VESA"

Trying to boot using vga=794 didn't help either.

I have the binary NVIDIA driver working. I used the 2.5/2.6 patches.

Thanks for your help,

David St.Clair

On Wed, 2003-07-16 at 16:33, wrote:
> On Wed, 16 Jul 2003 16:13:16 EDT, "David St.Clair" <> said:
> > I don't know if this is a hardware specific bug or I just don't have
> > something configured right.
> 2.6.0-test1-mm1, Dell C840 laptop with a Geforce4 440Go.
> I do *NOT* have 'CONFIG_FB_VGA16' set, but *do* have 'CONFIG_VIDEO_VESA'.
> With this, 'vga=794' gets me a small font and a penguin on boot,
> the NVidia binary driver works fine under X after the patch,
> switching back and forth works well, and life is generally good.
> Mode 792 is in the VESA bios mode range: from Documentation/svga.txt:
> 0x0200 to 0x08ff - VESA BIOS modes. The ID is a VESA mode ID increased by
> 0x0100. All VESA modes should be autodetected and shown on the menu.
> ....
> CONFIG_VIDEO_VESA - enables autodetection of VESA modes. If it doesn't work
> on your machine (or displays a "Error: Scanning of VESA modes failed" message),
> you can switch it off and report as a bug.
> Try turning that on?

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