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Re: port-i386/34227 (vesafb kernel fails to boot on Intel i810 machine)

Synopsis: vesafb kernel fails to boot on Intel i810 machine

State-Changed-From-To: feedback->closed
State-Changed-When: Wed, 18 Feb 2009 20:39:00 +0000
The i810 doesn't support linear framebuffers, even though the firmware says it 
does. From :

Does the vesafb frame-buffer module work on the Intel® 810 and Intel® 815 
Chipset Families?
No. The vesafb module can only make use of linear VESA modes. The Intel® 810 
and Intel 815 chipset families use banked modes and therefore, cannot boot into 
a frame-buffer. It would be possible to add banked mode support to the vesafb 
driver, but as of yet there are no plans to do so. The vga 16 color 
frame-buffer available in recent Linux* kernels does function properly and can 
be used in place of the vesafb frame-buffer.

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