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Re: More breakage -- Sarge only ??

From: Jason Thomas
Subject: Re: More breakage -- Sarge only ??
Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2005 22:37:55 +1100
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It's most probably the splashimage support (graphical background image)
That I did not want to add to the debian package. It is trying to load
the image from a specific location which does not contain the image and
it is being corrupted.

On Mon, Jan 03, 2005 at 02:08:05PM +0800, Uwe Dippel wrote:
> I cite myself from Nov-23-2004:
> Confirmed here. I cannot reinstall grub (okay, I can, from grub-floppy;
> and it tells me 'success'. But when I reboot, the grub menu doesn't come
> up; but the kernel is loaded immediately.)
> I also notice that the screen is almost unreadable; the characters
> completely distorted; some vertical dotted lines are visible; the
> characters like 'smear' all over the screen.
> No, hold your breath; when X starts everything is fine and okay.
> It's getting even stranger: when I boot from grub-floppy, the same
> kernel; same commands, everything is fine; the characters are normally
> visible while the lines of the boot screen flush by.
> As mentioned, all this started with the latest kernel-update (2.6.8) on
> Sarge. Also remarkable, I run two almost identical machines, and it only
> happened on one (DELL Inspiron 8100).
> I didn't get an answer, but now a second machine breaks similarly:
> I can boot to OpenBSD on a multi-boot partition, OpenBSD starts, but has 
> the same mess of characters, with continuous overwrites to illegible; 
> regular vertical strips at pitches of about 8 over the whole screen.
> I stress: a very different machine (DELL D400); only common item: grub 
> on Debian testing.
> To be noted: in the first case the identical same crap-up of the 
> characters happen with Debian Linux; here it is OpenBSD. Different 
> hardware, different memory.
> Identical in both cases: if I boot 'natively'; that is with grub-floppy 
> in the first case, everything is fine. In this second case I boot with 
> the OpenBSD-CD (36.iso) and enter 'boot wd0a:' and everything is fine as 
> well.
> The only common item - to repeat - is grub on Testing.
> I know, this sounds strange, but somehow something within grub seems to 
> mess the console invariably.
> I can confirm that in both cases X works fine; and in both cases any 
> console (not the x-term, but after exiting the X-session), the console 
> will remain completely scrambled up until reboot.
> My excuses if this is not a grub-bug; but now everything else is 
> different; grub the only common denominator; and in both cases using 
> other boot tools boot fine.
> Am I really the only one ??
> Uwe
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Jason Thomas
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