[arch-general] Nvidia/vesafb/GRUB2

Don deJuan donjuansjiz at gmail.com
Wed Jun 27 09:56:02 EDT 2012

On 06/27/2012 04:11 AM, Kevin Chadwick wrote:
>> After lots of reading, especially *Nvidia* official readme, it seems
>> this card SUPPORTS indded *Vesafb*. So I think this error message has
>> nothing to do here, and I will keep my *grub* file as it was first.
> Vesafb is a standard that all cards are meant to support since decades.
> Running both full blown and vesafb at the same time may cause an issue,
> I don't know. Nouveau is a kind of hybrid and closer to the
> features of the nvidia driver but runs in KMS meaning you can close of
> the dangerous I/O nvidia requires. Running nouveau and nvidia at the
> same time certainly had issues in the past.
>>> FWIW, the latest nVidia have broken my (and many others') suspend,
>>> forcing me to vga=0 and very low console resolution. So
>>> things are noticeably worse as of late.
> *snip*
> but I believe they are fixed now.
> *snip*
> In any case I wouldn't worry about it until you get corruption as you
> already have a good resolution console and fast graphical desktop.
> If you switch to the console a lot you may want nouveau on both as it
> switches instantly but may slow down fullscreen flash. Atleast it
> should switch instantly, some distros like fedora seem to have fscked
> that up. Maybe they have more 3d nouveau features enabled than default,
> but I doubt it, anyone know.

As I stated VESA is broken currently in Nvidia. Even IF your card is 
supported like mine, VESA will be broken. Nvidia states they do not know 
why it broke and how. Also they are not sure how to get it working 
again. You can find all the info in other threads and on the nvidia 
website. There is no fix, only workarounds.

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