video problem
Thu, 13 Feb 1997 17:46:13 EST

Hi all,

I have a problem that I hope somebody can help me with. I have Linux
box that essentially consists of a Pentium 100 Mhz ATX motherboard with a
PixelWorks CGA video card and excelan nic card. This setup runs
radar/sonar simulation software, thus the need for the PixelWorks video
card. The PnP bios sees the PixelWorks video card as capable of only 40
column mode ( the video card has run in 80 column mode with older Pentium
mothers) and as a result makes basic system administration and file
editing very difficult. The radar/sonar simulation is not affected
because the simulation software makes function calls to a PixelWorks
library and does not use video bios calls.

Here comes the million dollar question. Is there any way to reset the
console to 80 column mode short of flashing the bios with an up or down
grade? There is no way to disable the PnP mode from the bios or manually
specify the video mode. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks in

J. L.