Fixing laptop (was Re: [Nelug] Meeting tomorrow?)

James Grabham jgrabham at
Wed Nov 21 23:33:42 UTC 2007

Still working on the firmware for the wireless

Probabally wont bother with trying to get rid of the "porthole" thing
just yet.  Its not hurting anyone, and it doesnt really bother me.

On Nov 21, 2007 10:00 PM, Oliver Burnett-Hall <olly at> wrote:
> 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
> resolution.
> 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
> modified line.
> 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.
> HTH,
> - olly
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