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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 5:20 pm    Post subject: Monitor problem Reply with quote

After installation and reboot "SMS version 1.3" my Flaach Monitor get out of order. To high video frequency - and bekome black screen. Please tell me required changes....

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most likely your monitor doesn't support vga=791 a.k.a 1024x768x64k
Here is a list of options:
Code:
# Normal VGA console
# vga = normal
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x64k
# vga=791
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x32k
# vga=790
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x256
# vga=773
# VESA framebuffer console @ 800x600x64k
# vga=788
# VESA framebuffer console @ 800x600x32k
# vga=787
# VESA framebuffer console @ 800x600x256
# vga=771
# VESA framebuffer console @ 640x480x64k
# vga=785
# VESA framebuffer console @ 640x480x32k
# vga=784
# VESA framebuffer console @ 640x480x256
# vga=769


You have to edit on your installation, on your disk /etc/lilo.conf and
where it says vga=791 changed to vga=790 or any other option your monitor
supports.
To do that connect from ssh from any other pc on your network if you have windows you can use PuTTY. and type
sed -e 's/vga=791/vga=790/g' -i /etc/lilo.conf
and after that
lilo
If you don't have any other pc on network boot from livecd and edit the lilo.conf in your installation on your HDD and type
/mnt/[yourdisk]/sbin/lilo
I believe that should fix it.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not helped for me. Mainbord have on board VGA support chip (date 2002). I replaced it with 4x another PCI VGA Cards and no success. Later found one AGP Card and the problem is soluted. I booted with some LIVECD!s for "sysadmin" without a problem.

After boot with SMSLinux is very nice the window with hell background picture, but picture this cost me up to one day dummy work for nothing on older hardware.

Now i am very impressed and work with SMS-Server together and plan leaving all other linuxes reformat.

Thanks for nice/good job.

nora
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thank you for using SMS...
I used an S3 vga PCI adapter with 2MB Video RAM and had no problem, now I've upgraded to S3 Virge 4MB Video RAM on my home server.
You could disable the bootsplash of course for old machines if you are having problem with the colors.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2007 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

gerasimos_h wrote:

You could disable the bootsplash of course for old machines if you are having problem with the colors.


i have no success

my another server: dell optiflex gx1 P3 450 MHz 256mb RAM

bootsplash need special-kernel and special-initrd.img (this file is not included on sms-native) and special supported color/mhz dept from VGA-Card.

I think the nice bootsplash is not needed for 100% native slackware alike server... -- no any one see this wonderfull feature/picture.

please tell me the way without using splash/framebuffer.
(i used RIP-linux for administratior to modify lilo.conf on harddisk)

i have some PIII machine (450-1000mhz, 256-1024mb ram) and wish to use as server (dns, mail, ftp-storage). otherwise all this PC is only trash.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
bootsplash need special-kernel and special-initrd.img (this file is not included on sms-native) and special supported color/mhz dept from VGA-Card.

initrd.img and bootsplash kernel are available in SMS.Native.CD.

if you boot with SMS.Native.CD or slackware install disk (it's the same) and type
boot: hugesmp.s root=/dev/[you.sms.disk] rdinit= ro
You will boot without any bootsplash or high resolution mode (vga=791)
then you can edit you lilo.conf as well.
All kernels are bootsplash patched, but that's not necessarily for booting with bootsplash.
on folder /boot on your installation you will find initrd.splash that's the initrd.img with bootsplash.
In /etc/lilo.conf change vga=791 to vga=normal and comment or delete
initrd = initrd.splash
After that rewrite lilo with the command /sbin/lilo

You can alternative use liloconfig to change your lilo cofiguration it's the same thing.

For old machines it's recommended to use huge.s kernel, not that smp will not work but huge.s it's tuned for old machines.

Another hint it's on setup of SMS.Native.CD instead of setup type setup.original (it's slackware's original installer) and it will guide you after installation to liloconfig and not to automated SMS lilo installer with vga=791 and bootsplash.

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