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Re: [vox-tech] ******* Video card....
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Re: [vox-tech] ******* Video card....



Mandrake 8.0 and 8.1 use XFree 4.1.0 and default to framebuffer mode. To use a non 
framebuffer mode, choose linux-nonfb in your bootloader. If you have changed your 
bootloader's configuration and cannot follow my directions, the difference between linux and 
linux-nonfb is that linux-nonfb does not pass a vga= kernel parameter.

Mandrake 8.2beta1 (which I am beta testing on my computer) has the same deal with framebuffer 
mode, but it uses XFree86 4.2.0. (XFree reports its release date as January 18, 2002)

Under Mandrake 8.1, I observed this problem occuring bi-weekly (or even less frequently than 
that) with my ATI Rage 128 Pro card, but I haven't seen it happen under Mandrake 8.2 yet 
(bear in mind that I've only been beta testing Mandrake 8.2 for about a week.)

> --- ORIGINAL MESSAGE ---
> Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 16:56:59 -0800
> To: vox-tech@lists.lugod.org
> Subject: Re: [vox-tech] ******* Video card....
> From: Peter Jay Salzman <p@dirac.org>
> Reply-To: vox-tech@lists.lugod.org
> 
> ryan,
> 
> i'm not extremely familiar with this chipset, but i was under the
> impression that official patches to the xfree86 cvs were *just* added
> a few weeks ago. 
> if you're not using 4.2.*, you may want to try upgrading (not familiar
> with mandrake either, sorry).
> 
> begin Ryan <ryan@mother.com> 
> > > what chipset?   which laptop?
> > 
> > Compaq Armada V300, ATI Rage Mobile (Don't know exactly, if you tell me how 
> > to look it up I will)
> > 
> > > are you using a frame buffer console?   if so, try using a real console.
> > > maybe the chipset is breaking under a change of graphics context.
> > 
> > I don't think so, I'm not sure, It's whatever mandrake 8.0 is using by 
> > default, again, i'm not sure how to find out.
> > 
> > > [SNIP - Occasionally, X gets stuck switching to a vc, and requires reboot]
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