[arch-general] New nvidia driver - video mode not recognized - remove vga= from kernel line?

Heiko Baums lists at baums-on-web.de
Wed Oct 27 23:16:52 EDT 2010

Am Wed, 27 Oct 2010 21:36:52 -0500
schrieb "David C. Rankin" <drankinatty at suddenlinkmail.com>:

> Guys,
> 	To add to the nvidia issues, after update to the latest
> driver (nvidia 260.19.12-1) the machine stops during boot due to
> (Invalid video mode, press enter to see list....)
> 	Pressing enter then lists the available modes. However, when
> I enter one of the listed modes, it is rejected and I get prompted
> again with the (Invalid video mode, press enter to see list....).
> 	I don't know whether this is a bug, a KMS thing, or what, but
> I have never had any problems passing vga=0x31a on the kernel line
> with the nvidia driver before. (I know with ATI, KMS early is
> recommended, and no vga= on the kernel line)
> 	Is anybody else seeing this? Should I just remove the vga=
> line?
> 	After letting the (Invalid video mode, press enter to see
> list....) prompt time-out, it all continues fine and the nvidia
> driver loads without issue. What say the experts?

There's an option to scanning your video card for valid values. If I
recall correctly you just can enter "scan" at that prompt. Then you can
set vga= to one of the possible values.

But if you're using KMS you need to remove the vga kernel parameter. If
you don't want to use KMS, add the kernel parameters vga and nomodeset.


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