[arch-general] Nvidia/vesafb/GRUB2

Arno Gaboury arnaud.gaboury at gmail.com
Wed Jun 27 11:07:21 EDT 2012

On 06/27/2012 05:00 PM, Don deJuan wrote:
> On 06/27/2012 07:42 AM, Arno Gaboury wrote:
>> On 06/27/2012 04:18 PM, Don deJuan wrote:
>>> On 06/27/2012 06:55 AM, Uroš Vampl wrote:
>>>> Arno Gaboury <arnaud.gaboury <at> gmail.com> writes:
>>>>> 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.
>>>> No, it supports the vesa standard. All cards do. But that's
>>>> completely different
>>>> from vesafb, a linux driver. When you use vesafb and the nvidia
>>>> driver together,
>>>> you effectively have two drivers poking at the card at the same time.
>>>> That
>>>> problems can arise from that makes full sense.
>>>> You can keep using vesafb. After all, the message is just that - a
>>>> message - and
>>>> not an error. It's just that if something breaks, you get to keep the
>>>> pieces.
>>> Actually no Nvidia never supported VESA, it just happened to work.
>>> http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showpost.php?p=2561806&postcount=39
>> Are you so sure?
>> http://us.download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86/173.14.09/README/chapter-19.html: 
>> First sentence: *The NVIDIA Accelerated Linux Graphics Driver supports
>> all standard VGA and VESA modes*
> Well the link I sent was from an Nvidia employee posting about these 
> issues, so yes I am sure. Also why are you pointing to a readme for 
> the legacy version?
> It has been stated by Nvidia themselves in other places as well, that 
> VESA just "happened" to work, was not "officially" supported. So take 
> that as you will, but from what I have read and heard from Nvidia this 
> is the case, even googling reveals the same information going all the 
> way back to around 2003. But no point in arguing the semantics about 
> this, I feel the information I found and gotten from Nvidia directly 
> is more than sufficient, your choice if you want to listen to me and 
> other Nvidia employees posting on this issue. You can easily get the 
> same info regardless of what their README states. Or if you have any 
> buddies in the Linux department at nvidia, shoot them an email and you 
> will get the same response from them, it just happened to work.
So to sum up this thread, I am left with 3 options with a Nvidia card:
-uninstall Nvidia driver and install Nouveau
-run Nvidia in VGA mode with a low resolution console mode at boot 
(couldn't find any trick to het an higher resolution, and I tried 
alomost all I found)
-stick with the VESA mode and  this error message .

Am I correct?

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