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Jun. 8th, 2005 @ 02:18 pm (no subject)
I'm thinking GPU makers have stopped caring about text mode...

When I boot my linux system, it boots into text mode just fine. I can then start x-windows, no problem. But when I leave x-windows (either changing the virtual console or killing X) the video card never leaves graphic mode. I've tried this with three different graphics cards. An old Banshee, and ATI rage, and a new GEXX00 with 128Mb of ram (I don't remember the model number).

This leaves me with some questions:

  1. Is anyone else in the linux world having this problem?
  2. Is there a fix?
  3. Is there a command line tool to force the GPU to do a mode change? vidmode will do this. I will test it tonight.
  4. Is there a command to for the gpu to reset without having to reboot the system?

The kernel is 2.4.20-30.9smp.
Xwindows is XFree86-4.4.0
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Date:June 8th, 2005 09:35 pm (UTC)
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Yup -- that happens with my old Banshee card, too. Never figured out a fix... then the monitor died so I stopped caring. :)
Date:June 9th, 2005 12:56 am (UTC)
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I suspect user error. ;)

Haven't really run into that in years. I'd recommend switching 'xdm' off during your boot process, or set your machine to default to init 3/4 and start X manually. startx is your friend.

As for the cards, I never played with 3dfx cards or ATI's in Linux. I do know that the Banshee had some goofy shit where you had to mess with framebuffers in X. On Linux, I've never had any problems with nV cards. I've used em since riva/TNT/XF86-3.3.x days. If you're using open source drivers, you may want to try nVidia's closed source drivers.

You should consider upgrading. You're a bit dated and k-2.6.x w/X.org's X11R6 kick so much more ass. :P


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Date:June 9th, 2005 01:30 am (UTC)
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I am starting it with "startx". :-P X11 has so many memmory holes it was killing my system to leave x running all the time.

I will check out the closed source drivers.

And I'm kind of locked into the XFree86 as the wacom drivers only support XFree86. I've e-mailed the driver author a coupletimes and I've never gotten anything back.