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dtjohnst
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 2:30 am    Post subject: [solved] Framebuffer and initramfs Reply with quote

I have nvraid mirroring 2 drives in a RAID1, but in /dev/mapper, I'm showing 2 devices. Is this normal? Which one do I use with fdisk to partition?

EDIT::: Issue resolved, please see my next post (3rd in thread) for current issue.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Could you post the output of "ls /dev/mapper", "ls /dev/disk/*" and at least the kernel version (uname -r).
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I rebuilt the array and it went away. :S Guess it was an nvidia problem. New problem though, I'll edit the title of the thread to indicate my new issue which is framebuffer related.

For my setup, I need to use an initramfs (dmraid and lvm). Everything boots, the system is usable, but I'm not a fan of 25 lines on the screen at a time. It kinda sucks. Now maybe I did this the lazy way and there's some hard way I need to do it to make this work, but using
Code:
genkernel --dmraid --lvm2 --install initrd
and then adding
Code:
video=uvesafb:1024x768-32,mtrr:3,ywrap
doesn't work. dmesg tells me it can't load /sbin/v86d, and from what I've read, that's a limitation of genkernel and the powers that by are trying to avoid giving it access to "live" systems as that could cause issues. That's understandable I suppose.

Now, I'm not doing this to look cool. I don't necessarily want a fancy splash screen with half naked women behind my console or anything. For me it's about being practical, 25 lines of text doesn't cut it for me. So, I don't really care if the initramfs is 25 lines per screen and then when control is passed to my kernel it's framebuffered or if it's framebuffered from the start. So is there some way to either load uvesafb after the initramfs hands off to my kernel, or is there another way to get an initramfs with a framebuffer in it?


SOLUTION: Solved this by following the directions on Spock's website. Which was on page 30-something of my google search. Mayhaps I need better googling skillz.
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