[Xorg] OT: radeon questions

Gene Heskett gene.heskett at verizon.net
Mon Jul 12 06:32:23 PDT 2004

On Monday 12 July 2004 09:14, Torgeir Veimo wrote:
>On Mon, 2004-07-12 at 08:46 -0400, Gene Heskett wrote:
>> On Monday 12 July 2004 06:04, Torgeir Veimo wrote:
>> >On Mon, 2004-07-12 at 05:52 -0400, Gene Heskett wrote:
>> >> So how does one make use of this radeonfb kernel module?  Do I
>> >> need to build it into the kernel?  The kernels Documentation
>> >> dir, and the drivers/video/aty dirs are both bareft of any
>> >> mention of this, as is the .config help.
>> >
>> >Building it into the kernel helps. Also, specify VGA_CONSOLE=N in
>> > . config.
>> Humm, turning it off isn't an option in a make xconfig, and
>> grepping .config for VGA returns this:
>> #CONFIG_FB_VGA16 is not set
>That's the correct one to turn off. Dont know why it isn't available
>with 'make xconfig'.
>> If I turn that off, do I still have a runlevel 3 login screen?  My
>> kernel build script will allow me to revert one generation quite
>> easily.  It makes sense that I'd still have the bios screen which
>> should be sufficient, so I'll edit that by hand and give it a
>> shot.
>You will have a console if you specify one in grub.conf. Try adding

I lost it at the exit from the grub choice screen, and didn't have any 
visible output until the init script signed on, from there it was a 
normal 80x25 screen.  By specifying it, I lost the screen even 
earlier, but either way it signs on with the INIT message.  This 
represents a potentially serious problem in that boot failure 
messages usually occur in that range of the process. :(

>See eg here

This page seems to be quite old, no 2.6.x references at all.
But I'll give a couple of the options a try.

>I tried getting radeon framebuffer to work in 1280x720 but it's
>difficult as radeonfb seems to be made primarily for macs, and uses
> the timings and resolutions defined in the macmodes.h file, so I
> had to add that mode to that file.

Cheers, Gene
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