A weird framebuffer thing in Gutsy

I forgot to mention that before I installed Arch, I kicked my Feisty installation up to Gutsy, and everything was working without a hitch. The only exception to that is the loss of my console resolution. I normally tack vga=791 on to my kernel boot line so I can get a proper tty display dimension (I have a 1600×1200 screen, and the default dimensions create enormous letters :| ).

With Gutsy in place, my console screens went black — by that I mean powered up, but showing nothing. I could still log in and start X (blind, of course), and so I didn’t think much of the issue. Strange to me that a dist-upgrade would affect, of all things, the console output. Hmm.

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4 Responses to “A weird framebuffer thing in Gutsy”


  1. 1 Alan Doyle 2007/08/22 at 5:34 PM

    FYI. It’s not just a dist-upgrade issue. I’ve done a clean install from the Tribe 4 Alternative CD on my Toshiba Portege 4000 ( PIII 750 / 256Mb ) and setting vga=791 gives me a blank screen until gdm starts up.

  2. 2 Aren Olson 2007/09/13 at 9:40 AM

    You can fix this by adding fbcon to /etc/initramfs-tools/modules. Here’s the bug report on it in launchpad: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux-source-2.6.22/+bug/135613

  3. 3 K.Mandla 2007/09/13 at 10:06 AM

    Aha! Thanks! I’m going to fix that right now.


  1. 1 Ubuntu and the dead black screen « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2009/03/13 at 9:23 AM

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