Video mode selection problems...

Bernhard Rosenkraenzer (
Sat, 16 Nov 1996 14:14:10 +0100 (MET)

I'm using Linux 2.1.10 and 2.0.25, with video mode selection compiled in.
I'm using lilo.19 as a boot manager.

The relevant parts of my lilo.conf are:

append = "vga=ask ppa=0x378 ether=5,0x320,0,0,eth0"
boot = /dev/sda
image = /linux-2.1.10
root = /dev/sda3
label = lx2110
alias = 2

When booting up normally, I end up in VGA mode, without being prompted for
anything. Booting with "2 vga=ask", I get the selection... Seems the video
mode selection tool can't handle other kernel parameters being passed.

/proc/cmdline says
BOOT_IMAGE=lx2110 ro root=803 ramdisk=0 vga=ask ppa=0x378 ether=5,0x320,0,0,eth0

So it's not a problem with lilo or my lilo.conf.

Issuing rdev -v /linux-2.1.10 -3 has the same effect - none at all.
rdev -v /linux-2.1.10 says "Video mode 65533", which is -3 - so my rdev is
working fine.

Another thing I'd like to see in the svga driver is a timeout parameter, e.g.
vga=ask,3 should wait for 3 seconds rather than 30 seconds. Also, there
should be a default parameter, e.g. vga=ask,3,80x30 should present the menu,
wait for 3 seconds, and if no selection is made, go to the 80x30 mode.