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Hey folks- I finally got a framebuffer console to actually WORK on my Inspiron 4100 with its GeForce2 GO under Sarge 2.4.21 by compiling with only VESA framebuffer and 16-color VGA framebuffer support in the kernel. Now, though, the framebuffer works fine until the screen goes to sleep for a moment and then when it comes back on, it seems to think that the first line of the console is 3/4 of the way down the screen. I tried to `reset`, but that didn't change a thing. When I Ctrl-L to clear the display, the prompt goes right to that ...

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    Default Inspiron laptop, framebuffer console

    Hey folks-

    I finally got a framebuffer console to actually WORK on my Inspiron
    4100 with its GeForce2 GO under Sarge 2.4.21 by compiling with only
    VESA framebuffer and 16-color VGA framebuffer support in the kernel.

    Now, though, the framebuffer works fine until the screen goes to sleep
    for a moment and then when it comes back on, it seems to think that
    the first line of the console is 3/4 of the way down the screen. I
    tried to `reset`, but that didn't change a thing. When I Ctrl-L to
    clear the display, the prompt goes right to that line 3/4 of the way
    down. It wraps around, though, when I do a long ls -al, it'll come
    back to the top and continue to draw down the screen.

    What's going on here! It's deviously hard to find others with my
    particular laptop because the ATI Rage version was much more popular.

    My lilo.conf stanza looks like this:

    image=/vmlinuz
    label=Linux
    vga=791
    read-only

    Could the 791 be a problem?

    Thanks for any suggestions!

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    on Fri, 15 Aug 2003 09:42:56AM -0400, Aaron insinuated: 

    don't know, but i fixed this exact problem by putting the line
    'video=vga16:off' in that stanza of my lilo.conf ...

    hth,

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    Default Re: Inspiron laptop, framebuffer console

    On Fri, 15 Aug 2003 09:42:56 -0400
    Aaron <com> wrote:
     

    That sounds like a BIOS problem. I saw it on an Inspiron 8000, when the BIOS
    was upgraded past A17. Reverting to A17 fixed the problem.

    Kevin


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    On -3181-Sat, Aug 16, 2003 at 11:08:00AM -0400, Kevin McKinley <net> spake thus, 
    >
    > That sounds like a BIOS problem. I saw it on an Inspiron 8000, when the BIOS
    > was upgraded past A17. Reverting to A17 fixed the problem.[/ref]

    It stopped happening after I switched my BIOS not to do anything when
    I close the lid. I know, sounds like it was probably something else,
    and maybe it was, but that's all I changed and now I can safely
    suspend with the keyboard shortcut and everything. Console remains
    stable. Weird.

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