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

Robert Howard rjh0507 at ecu.edu
Thu Oct 28 00:15:45 EDT 2010

I believe this is occurring before the nvidia driver gets involved. Have you
tried downgrading nvidia?
On Oct 27, 2010 11:15 PM, "Heiko Baums" <lists at baums-on-web.de> wrote:
> 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.
> Heiko

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