Fixing laptop (was Re: [Nelug] Meeting tomorrow?)
olly at burnett-hall.co.uk
Wed Nov 21 22:01:08 UTC 2007
On 20/11/07 19:06, James Grabham wrote:
> A bit late notice, but does anyone have serial to serial cable they
> can lend me till the next meeting; I need one to download the driver
> for my laptops wireless card - catch 22 there; need to download driver
> from network... to get on network.
Did you manage to get the firmware for your wireless card loaded? If
you're having problems let me know.
BTW, to get rid of the porthole effect you have when it's booting and in
console mode, you need to pass a 'vga' as part of the kernel's boot
parameters. 'vga=791' will probably be the right one for a 1024x768
Try this first by editing the boot command from the grub menu -- if I
remember right, you select the line you want to change, hit 'e' to edit
it, then 'a' to append a parameter, and finally 'b' to boot using the
If that works you set it up to do this permanently by editing
/boot/grub/menu.lst and setting the defoptions variable (i.e.
'defoptions=vga=791' or whatever -- make sure you read the notes in that
file about how to make changes, note that you should leave the lines
commented out). Once you've edited it, run 'sudo update-grub' to make
the changes in the boot loader.
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