Originally posted by bwkaz
Works with mine... what's the problem on your end? Is rivafb in the kernel (either permanently or as a loaded module)? -- it shouldn't be...
You need to say yes, in your kernel config, to "VGA text console", "Support for framebuffer devices", and "VESA VGA graphics console". You probably also need to say yes to "Prompt for development and/or incomplete code/drivers".
I'm pretty sure I did build a kernel without rivafb and with vesa enabled - though I might have left it as a module... I'll try it again soon, just to make sure I didn't make a mistake (that was my first attempt at kernel compiling).
After looking around a little bit, I figure it might be the card's BIOS (which may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer) which doesn't support vesa. My own card is a MSI GeForce4 Ti 4400.
Just out of curiosity, what does your vga=xxx line say in lilo.conf?