Bug#471505: fb=false required on HP Compaq 2510p notebook - Debian

This is a discussion on Bug#471505: fb=false required on HP Compaq 2510p notebook - Debian ; Package: installation-reports I tested etch r0 and lenny beta1 on a HP Compaq 2510p notebook. With etch, I saw the following issues: - Nothing shows up when you boot the installer. fb=false is required - netcfg shows the firewire device ...

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  1. Bug#471505: fb=false required on HP Compaq 2510p notebook

    Package: installation-reports

    I tested etch r0 and lenny beta1 on a HP Compaq 2510p notebook.

    With etch, I saw the following issues:

    - Nothing shows up when you boot the installer. fb=false is required
    - netcfg shows the firewire device as eth0 and for the real Ethernet
    device it only shows "eth1: Intel Corporation Unknown device 1049"
    (The device itself works, so it's only the description that's
    missing.)

    With lenny:

    - fb=false is still required. Any idea why this might be and who
    to talk to about this?
    - firewire support is currently not included, so there's only one
    network device. I plugged in an USB Ethernet dongle because I
    wanted to make sure the "Intel Corporation Unknown device" message
    is gone. However, I found that the amd64 PXE image does not include
    nic-usb-modules. That's kinda strange. Anyway, I downloaded
    the default udebs with the built-in Ethernet and then ran netcfg
    again, and a proper description for my Intel card is now shown.

    So the remaining issues are:

    - fb=false required.
    - nic-usb-modules not on the PXE netboot image.

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  2. Bug#471505: fb=false required on HP Compaq 2510p notebook

    On Tuesday 18 March 2008, Martin Michlmayr wrote:
    > - fb=false is still required. Any idea why this might be


    Sounds like the kernel's vesa framebuffer driver has problems with your
    hardware, possibly with the resolution.
    You could try if passing a vga=X parameter that match the native resolution
    of your display helps.

    > and who to talk to about this?


    Upstream kernel issue I'd say.

    > - firewire support is currently not included, so there's only one
    > network device. I plugged in an USB Ethernet dongle because I
    > wanted to make sure the "Intel Corporation Unknown device" message
    > is gone. However, I found that the amd64 PXE image does not include
    > nic-usb-modules. That's kinda strange.


    Looks like that's just an oversight. I'll add them.

    Cheers,
    FJP



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  3. Bug#471505: fb=false required on HP Compaq 2510p notebook

    owner 471505 !
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    * Frans Pop [2008-03-20 17:16]:
    > On Tuesday 18 March 2008, Martin Michlmayr wrote:
    > > - fb=false is still required. Any idea why this might be

    >
    > Sounds like the kernel's vesa framebuffer driver has problems with your
    > hardware, possibly with the resolution.
    > You could try if passing a vga=X parameter that match the native resolution
    > of your display helps.
    >
    > > and who to talk to about this?

    >
    > Upstream kernel issue I'd say.


    Keith Packard said it works for him on the same hardware. I'll update
    this bug in case I can find out more. Setting myself as the owner so
    I won't forget.
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  5. Bug#471505: fb=false required on HP Compaq 2510p notebook

    On Thursday 20 March 2008, Frans Pop wrote:
    > > - firewire support is currently not included, so there's only one
    > > network device. I plugged in an USB Ethernet dongle because I
    > > wanted to make sure the "Intel Corporation Unknown device" message
    > > is gone. However, I found that the amd64 PXE image does not include
    > > nic-usb-modules. That's kinda strange.

    >
    > Looks like that's just an oversight. I'll add them.


    Done.



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  6. Bug#471505: fb=false required on HP Compaq 2510p notebook

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    thanks

    * Martin Michlmayr [2008-03-22 12:58]:
    > > Upstream kernel issue I'd say.

    >
    > Keith Packard said it works for him on the same hardware. I'll update
    > this bug in case I can find out more. Setting myself as the owner so
    > I won't forget.


    Well, they basically say that we shouldn't load vga16fb. I don't know
    the reason d-i loads the different fb modules, so I'm not the right
    person to handle this. Frans, maybe you want to tackle this.
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  7. Bug#471505: vga16fb framebuffer doesn't work on HP Compaq 2510p notebook

    reassign 471505 debian-installer
    retitle 471505 vga16fb framebuffer doesn't work on HP 2510p notebook
    thanks

    On Saturday 13 September 2008, Martin Michlmayr wrote:
    > Well, they basically say that we shouldn't load vga16fb. I don't know
    > the reason d-i loads the different fb modules, so I'm not the right
    > person to handle this. Frans, maybe you want to tackle this.


    Not loading vga16fb does indeed work, but also means that we don't have a
    framebuffer at all since the (built in) VESA framebuffer does not get
    activated with vga=normal.
    And with no framebuffer you have a tiny display and only a very small
    selection of languages.

    As the VESA framebuffer _does_ work (I've tried both vga=788 and vga=791),
    a better option would seem to be to just use the VESA framebuffer for all
    x86 installs by using e.g. vga=788, which is 800x600/16 bits.
    vga=788 is the same setting we use for the graphical installer and I can't
    remember (m)any reports that that setting did not work for users.

    We could still keep the vga16fb as a fallback if people explicitly boot
    with VGA=normal.

    Not sure if we should make such a change so short before Lenny...

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  8. Bug#471505: vga16fb framebuffer doesn't work on HP Compaq 2510p notebook

    Frans Pop writes:

    > As the VESA framebuffer _does_ work (I've tried both vga=788 and vga=791),
    > a better option would seem to be to just use the VESA framebuffer for all
    > x86 installs by using e.g. vga=788, which is 800x600/16 bits.
    > vga=788 is the same setting we use for the graphical installer and I can't
    > remember (m)any reports that that setting did not work for users.
    >
    > We could still keep the vga16fb as a fallback if people explicitly boot
    > with VGA=normal.
    >
    > Not sure if we should make such a change so short before Lenny...


    It looks too risk for me, better to leave it post-lenny to be safe.

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