[Scottish] Debian 3.0r1 Install + XFree

ptb scottish at mailman.lug.org.uk
Sat Mar 8 11:34:01 2003

Hallo all : -

With 3.0r0 : - to escape from a framebuffer console my friendly
Cambridge vendor gave me the tip about vga so my lilo.conf now
vga=ext (that is for 80x43; vga=normal would be right for

>From the same source it was suggested that if that worked I
build a new kernel with the framebuffer options turned off. 
That and my using a rescue/boot pair of floppies to start a new
install before transferring to the CD set (also humbly
accepting debconf to sort out the X) is all the detail I can
find just now.


On Fri, 7 Mar 2003 21:05:31 -0000
"Craig Perry" <craig@onemanstudfarm.co.uk> wrote:

> Hi all :)
> I just got the Debian 3.0 boxed set through the door and
> thought I had nothing better to do than throw it into my
> laptop. Booted from the CD, and it seemed to go straight into
> a graphical install. The only thing is, it seems to be an
> older X server (i.e. < 4.x) and my graphics card/bridge for
> the LCD wasn't supported until XFree 4ish (I think).
> Now if I remember correctly I can get the older XFree's not
> to freeze if I can get it into framebuffer mode. Reading
> around the documentation etc. would suggest that this X
> server is already in Framebuffer mode! Now either I've made
> up the thing about getting the Xfree 3.something to work
> under FB or the X server isn't in FB mode. I can disable X
> and go into a text mode install by passing something like
> "vga=vga16:off" and get the base install done.
> Then the problem comes when I try to reboot from my
> harddrive, it goes back into a messed up X and I can't
> "ctrl+alt+bksp" kill the X server or"alt+Fx" to another text
> based console. I tried the rescue option from the install CD
> which falls over with a kernel panic for no apparent reason.
> Then I tried to edit lilo.conf from another boot CD and run
> sbin/lilo but the lilo in the debian install requires a
> version of GlibC :( and my boot CD doesn't have its own lilo!
> I'm stuck! How do I get it to boot into text mode and not
> graphical, I'm sure I can sort everything myself from there.
> p.s. I wonder if this is actually a graphical install at all,
> because before when I had X problems, it used to freeze my
> whole system and make the screen look like it was melting.
> This doesn't happen, I can toggle Caps on/off etc. and the
> screen doesn't freeze, instead white and blue vertical bars
> make nice dancing sequences on my screen.
> Cheers, Craig.
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> Craig Perry
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