Enabling the VGA Port in HP 2133

Chris Mohler cr33dog at gmail.com
Mon Dec 8 06:48:55 UTC 2008

On Tue, Dec 9, 2008 at 12:35 AM, Rick Bilonick <rab at nauticom.net> wrote:
> On Mon, 2008-12-08 at 13:15 +0000, Chris Mohler wrote:
>> On Mon, Dec 8, 2008 at 11:43 AM, Rick Bilonick <rab at nauticom.net> wrote:
>> > I'm running 8.10 on an HP 2133 using the vesa driver. (No other driver
>> > works.) Everything works fine except I have no output on the VGA port. I
>> > know it works because it worked under Fedora 8 and SLED 10.
>> >
>> > Does anyone have any idea on how I might get it to work?
>> Do you happen to remember which driver was being used in either of the
>> other distros?  What graphic card/chip do you have (check lshw or
>> lspci)?
>> Chris
> It was either vesa or the via driver. But neither the via driver nor the
> chrome driver will work with Ubuntu - they always cause X to freeze. The
> only way to boot Ubuntu is with the "xforcevesa" kernel parameter. But
> this doesn't seem to enable the vga port.

I've always used the vesa driver just as a failsafe - so my expereince
is limited.  "xforcevesa" seems to warrant further investigation, if I
had to guess.  Maybe there's something in xorg.conf that would get the
graphics to come up without having to pass that at boot time?

Hopefully, someone who knows what they're talking about will clear things up ;)


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