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[vox-tech] Debian bf2.4 base kernel (disable framebuffer, enable ide DMA)
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[vox-tech] Debian bf2.4 base kernel (disable framebuffer, enable ide DMA)

On Thu, Apr 25, 2002 at 02:52:41AM -0400, msimons@moria.simons-clan.com wrote:
> I switched from VESA console to VGA console mode at kernel compile
> time for a combination of the following reasons:
>   - I can't *STAND* a blinking block cursor... I couldn't figure out
>     how to slow the blink rate *or* change to a line cursor.
>   - VESA mode is *dog* slow.

  For a long time I had been recompiling the stock debian install kernels
to do a number of things:
- get rid of the VGA VESA frame buffer mode that is enabled in that kernel.
- the stock kernels don't enabled DMA mode by default on many systems.

  This weekend I discovered that you can turn off the vesa frame buffer
with a boot time command line option:

  Also one can enable dma mode with another boottime option:
ide0=dma ide1=dma

  So if you put them in a lilo.conf file as an append option the syntax is:
append="video=vga16:off ide0=dma ide1=dma"

  The append option in lilo.conf can be global or just part of the 
boot items you want them in...


  it appears that you can enable apm support with something like

  but I have not tested that...
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