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Old 10-08-02, 04:46 PM   #1
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Default GF4 - can't get framebuffer working (tried rivafb and vesafb)!

Hi. I've been trying for days to get the framebuffer working in RH8.0 with GF4 + devfs + custom compilied kernel. I've tried with rivafb as a module and built in, but nothing different happens when I boot up and /dev/fb/ is always empty. Even more strange is that the vesafb driver also does nothing. The only way I've gotten it to work is with the vga16 driver, which gives poor performance. I have been careful about not loading the NVdriver before trying (which works flawlessly in X btw).
Any help would be appriciated.
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Old 10-08-02, 06:09 PM   #2
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the rivafb is a _strict_ no no if you plan to use the nvidia and not the nv (supplied with XFree).

what vga option do you pass on the kernel commandline to get FB working?

if FB is a _must_ for you, then try _only_ the vesafb

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Old 10-08-02, 06:56 PM   #3
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Yep, only vesafb.

When I build it (and only it; not rivafb) into my kernel, and pass "vga=794" to the kernel at boot (using lilo), I get a /dev/fb/0 device...
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