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SubjectRe: Intel x86 Kernel Console irregularity

> If the BIOS (or Boot ROM) leaves the screen not in the normal 80x25 text
> mode (in my case the screen was in 80x50 mode) then when the kernel boots it
> thinks the screen only has 25 lines so will scroll at line 25 rather than
> 50. The console is then totally messed up and no amount of setfont will
> rectify the situation. With the first few lines displaying not in the
> viewable screen area and ncurses programs complaining about invalid
> coordinates.
> Perhaps it would be good if the kernel specifically sets the screen mode
> into a known state before booting.

Try using "vga=normal" or "vga=3840" on the kernel command line, it
should force the kernel to switch to 80x25.

Have a nice fortnight
Martin `MJ' Mares <>
Faculty of Math and Physics, Charles University, Prague, Czech Rep., Earth
"Don't take life too seriously -- you'll never get out of it alive."

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