Framebuffer or standard VGA ?

Antony Stone Antony at
Tue Sep 10 03:47:00 CEST 2002

On Tuesday 10 September 2002 2:14 am, ollie lho wrote:

> On Mon, 2002-09-09 at 23:50, Antony Stone wrote:
> > Hi.
> >
> > I'm using LinuxBios on an SiS630 motherboard (PC-Chips M810L).
> >
> > Is is essential to use the framebuffer device for video output under
> > LinuxBios, or can I boot it into a 'standard VGA' mode ?
> >
> > I tried changing HAVE_FRAMEBUFFER=1 to =0 and also removing it entirely
> > from my config file, but I just got no video output at all - the serial
> > port told me everything else was starting up okay though.
> Do you want VGA frame buffer or not ?? If you want framebuffer for SiS
> 630, you have to enable SiSFB Lite in the SiS LinuxBIOS patch.

Yes, I can do that, and the framebuffer works fine.

What I'm asking is whether I can boot LinuxBios *without* using the 
framebuffer device, and still get a display ?   ie what you'd normally get on 
a 'standard' (non-LinuxBios) Linux machine if you didn't select framebuffer 



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