[plug] Cable/card for Sun monitor, Novell network terminals

Matt Kemner zombie at networx.net.au
Thu Jul 23 17:11:26 WST 1998

On Thu, 23 Jul 1998, Gary Allpike wrote:

> The important thing to note here is that you will not see bootup messages
> or anything of that nature on the monmitor until svgatextmode kicks in.

Which is why I moved my svgatextmode load command right at the top of my
/etc/init.d/boot, so it kicks in as soon as init kicks in, which happens
before my kernel messages have scrolled off the screen so I even get to
see the "Uncompressing the kernel" etc messages.. And if my machine should
unexpectantly fail to boot, I can easily plug my spare 14" monitor in.
Besides, for some reason although it don't look pretty, the screen is
sorta synced anyway at bios boot time so I even get to see the LILO prompt
and get a chance to see what I type in (if I type in anything)
also, it's been 34 days since my last reboot, so a synced bios screen
isn't all that important to me :P

> The monitor of course also wont work with DOS/WIN/any other brain dead OS.

If you read my message you would see I said I got it working in win98.  My
boss had one working in '95 (no '98), and svgatextmode is available for
DOS. Of course DOS games won't work but then neither do svgalib games atm.
And the main thing I use my monitor for (40 lines by 90 columns rxvt's
that are easy to read and Netscapes at 1152x900) it does a
BRILLIANT job at. :)

 - Matt

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