vesafb error

James Wilkinson james at
Sun Jun 20 18:39:38 UTC 2004

Steven Stern wrote:
> Since FC2, this pops up when booting.  Everything seems to be running OK:
> WARNING:  Kernel Errors Present
>    vesafb: probe of vesafb0 failed with error -6...: 
> Anything to worry about?

Normally, Linux on x86 (and x86-64) puts the graphics card in text mode
when it isn't running X. Framebuffers put the graphics card in graphics
mode and emulate text mode. This allows for higher resolution consoles,
pictures of penguins at bootup, and allows X to run on otherwise
unsupported hardware. Vesafb uses the VESA Bios Extensions (which were
a standard way of getting extra video resolutions towards the end of the
era of DOS gaming), which means that it will work with nearly anything
made in the past five years.

So, if X is working fine (or you don't care about X), and if you're
happy with your text-mode console appearance (or you don't care about
text-mode consoles), then no, there's nothing to worry about.

You might care to take a look at your /boot/grub/grub.conf file and take
out any mentions of vesafb.



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