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[Solved] modesetting driver

Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:23 am
by ieee488
I have a 10+ year old laptop HP Compaq 2710p with Intel Mobile GM965/GL960 gpu

I can get the native 1200x800 display resolution but it takes a very long time for the Live USB to boot.
The screen will go black for 30 seconds at a few points during the boot.

Is there something I can do at boot time to quicken the process?

inxi -G shows

Code: Select all

drivers: modesetting (unloaded: fbdev, vesa)
Resolution: 1280x800@58.48Hz
If I boot in compatibility mode, I only get 1024x768@0.0Hz .

Re: modesetting driver

Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:58 am
by richyrich
How much ram is in that old laptop ?

Better yet, this Terminal command will produce an overall system and hardware list. Please copy the entire output and paste it back here in a reply. (those code tags are a good idea)

inxi -Fxz

Re: modesetting driver

Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:09 pm
by ieee488
I found the solution by searching on the errors that were showing during the boot.
Lots of drm_kms_helper errors.

The search lead me to ... ug/1685442
add video=SVIDEO-1:d to the boot options was what was needed !

This laptop itself doesn't even have a SVideo output, but the dock does.

I am running the laptop without the dock.