2.1.131: matroxfb boot logo hides important messages

Jamie Lokier (lkd@tantalophile.demon.co.uk)
Mon, 7 Dec 1998 03:14:04 +0000

I just tried matroxfb for the first time (on a PC), just to test it.
It's also my first time with any of the framebuffer devices.

The first thing I noticed is the resolution is much lower than when I
boot using the standard VGA console. Oh well, fair enough I have to set
the resolution differently. I won't though, because I don't really use
console mode for anything.

The second thing is the boot logo. It is on the left, and obscures the
first characters of the first three lines of messages. These three
lines are the ones not scrolled while the rest of the messages scroll

The first two lines are the pretty dull (but important) "booting
linux-do_hdparm......." and something that really is dull.

And the important bit:

The third line is the rather important "Linux version 2.1.131..." line!
Yes, this line has a penguin right in front obscuring it!

My opinion: Either put the messages to the right of the penguin, or put
the penguin on the right hand side of the screen. I think I prefer the
former (penguin on left, boot text and version number to right of him).

And maybe the non-scrolling all-important version message could have a
line to itself, moving all the compiler-version, built-time etc. to the
next line where it doesn't wrap 80 columns and can scroll away?

-- Jamie

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