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[Bug 1018353] No display shown when video is not set during installation
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  • Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 21:52:58 +0000
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--- Comment #11 from Richard Bos <richard.bos@xxxxxxxxx> ---
(In reply to Stefan Dirsch from comment #10)
I suggest to disable KMS (boot option
"nomodeset") and live with generic framebuffer used by "fbdev" X driver.
AFAIK development of "gma500" driver has been discontinued.

In other words, a system with a gma500 driver will not be able to show yast's
installer GUI. That's a pity, but that's the way it is.

The big issue is that the user is presented a black screen. Will it be
to determine that the system is equipped with a not working / not supported
graphics card / driver and let the user that he / she should boot with a boot
prompt option, like "nomodeset" or in this case "video=1280x1024", as that
as well.

The message should be presented in the ascii environment, and the X environment
should not be started. In the other words the install process should be

From the initial problem description:
Step to reproduce:
- power on system
- openSUSE boot prompt is shown
- select installation
- system boots from CD
- kernel is loaded
- after some time system starts to configure automatically
- new: Determine unsupported GFX card
- new: prompt user a warning that the GFX card is not supported / known
not to work. Provide a hint to the user: boot with video=1280x1024
or nomodeset
- new: user can opt to stop at this point (reboot with options) or continue
and see what happens with the GUI installer (perhaps, perhaps it works
who knows....)

Is this possible? The important part is letting the user know, how to obtain
the graphical installer.... So the issue is not: no X environment at all, but
informing the user during the installation, to prevent the user for doing an
difficult investigation how to get openSUSE installed at all at a system with
this card (or another unsupported card)...
I tried other distro's, and the installing these was much simpler..., but heh
my distro is openSUSE...

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