Accessing Framebuffer Graphics After Installation

Because SUSE's installer automatically starts the X Window system in graphical mode, you may believe that you've correctly specified your graphics hardware during installation. Unfortunately, you may then find that X (and sax2) will not start or execute correctly on your system. This is especially common when installing SUSE on laptops, which frequently use custom, low-power versions of well-known graphics chips.

To start sax2 using framebuffer graphics, use the following command: sax2 -m 0=fbdev

If this doesn't work, you can use the following command to tell sax2 to experiment with various graphics modes until it finds one that works correctly:

One of these commands should cause sax2 to start correctly. You can then save your configuration file and start the X Window system using a command such as startx.

When you've managed to get the X Window system to work on your system, you may find that the system doesn't take advantage of all of the available screen space. Once again, this is especially common on laptops. Most laptops provide built-in functions that control the behavior of your hardware. For example, on many IBM ThinkPad laptops, you can press the Function and F8 keys at the same time to toggle between different display modes until you find the one that works best for your hardware.

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