Re: Where did my penguins go?

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On Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 10:24 AM, Robert G. (Doc) Savage
<[email protected]> wrote:
> I modified /etc/grub.conf on my ThinkPad W700 to show the boot-up process as
> text. I did this by commenting out "hiddenmenu" and removing "rhgb" and
> "quiet" from the kernel spec line. The W700 has trouble with a tickless
> kernel in F12 and needs "nohz=off". The first stanza is shown below.
>
> The W700 has an nVidia display and uses the nouveau driver. Immediately
> after the menu screen in F10 and F11 I'd see 4 penguins (quad core) as the
> initialization began. It was kinda neat, but in F12 there's just black space
> where those penguins would be. Where'd they go? Is this an artifact of the
> nouveau driver?
>
> #boot=/dev/sda
> default=0
> timeout=5
> splashimage=(hd0,0)/grub/splash.xpm.gz
> #hiddenmenu
> #
> # Kernel 0
> title Fedora 12 (Constantine) [Update 3] (2.6.31.9-174.fc12.x86_64)
>         root (hd0,0)
>         kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.31.9-174.fc12.x86_64 ro
> root=UUID=blah-blah-blah  LANG=en_US.UTF-8 SYSFONT=latarcyrheb-sun16
> KEYBOARDTYPE=pc KEYTABLE=us nohz=off
>         initrd /initramfs-2.6.31.9-174.fc12.x86_64.img

These are two guesses but you may try turning off kernel mode setting
(appends nomodeset to the kernel parameters I believe) and if that
doesn't work try adding a VESA mode, something like "vga=..." I'm not
sure what resolution you want to run but try "vga=ask" the first time
and pick the one you like the most. If you're happy with it change the
parameter to "vga=0x<mode>". I found out the hard way that you need to
put "0x" on the front of whichever mode you choose.

Richard

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