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Old 08-20-04, 05:25 AM   #1
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Default [5900xt] text modes

hi,

i have switched from gf2mx400 to 5900xt and vga=9 (132x43) does not work anymore - vga=ask shows only poor narrow modes like 80x50

any way to atchieve anything better WITHOUT usung framebuffer?

thanks in advance.
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Old 08-21-04, 11:51 AM   #2
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Code:
    | 640x480  800x600  1024x768 1280x1024
----+--------------------------------------
256 |   769      771      773      775
32K |   784      787      790      793
64K |   785      788      791      794
16M |   786      789      792      795
I would try vga=771 and vga=773 first. I don't know where you got vga=9 from, but these values are valid with the vesa driver.
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Old 08-22-04, 09:28 AM   #3
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these are for framebuffer, not for plain text console.
put vga=ask in lilo.conf and see what happens
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Old 08-23-04, 07:34 AM   #4
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I do know what happens. Did you try vga=771 or not? It should work just fine, and give you a nice console. What do you want?
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Old 08-24-04, 05:45 AM   #5
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vga=771 gives a F R A M E B U F F E R console in 800x600 - this is an emulation of a text mode in graphics mode. i do _not_ want to use framebuffer.

i do want to put in lilo sth like vga=9 which would give me REAL text mode like 132 columns per 43 lines. _pure_ text mode.
this is much much faster with a much smaller kernel.
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Old 08-24-04, 08:58 AM   #6
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>> i have switched from gf2mx400 to 5900xt.

Having dabbled in this area recently, I believe that it is actually the video card BIOS, not the graphic chipset that determines the directly available text modes. It appears that most vendors copy a standard BIOS from somewhere (NVidia reference ?), but some vendors (e.g ASUS) make more changes than others.

Not much help, eh
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you did, thank you :-)
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