Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 187545
Red characters on blue background during initial install
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:29 EST
Description of problem:
During the initial install phase, before the graphical X window is brought up,
there are questions, specifically those needed for a network install, that
appear as red characters on a blue background. For those of us with red-green
color blindness issues this color scheme is practically unreadable. The Fedora
Core 4 installer used white characters on a blue background, much more readable.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot the install DVD with the command `linux askmethod'
2. Ask for an NFS install
Observe that all user selectable items (keyboard type, language, network setup
parameters) appear as red on blue.
White on blue would be much more readable.
I've observed this problem on two different machines, one using a Voodoo 3 video
card and the other using an Intel 82915G/GV/910GL video chipset, both systems
connected to the same NEC E1100+ monitor.
PS: The initial screen where you select the `linux askmethod' shows option key
help text as red on black, again, those red characters are hard to read.
The workaround is to use frame buffer, add vga=0x301 to boot arguments and
yellow will be yellow again. Older installers used frame buffer.
The problem is in VGA console, it will display only 8 colors when it is switched
to unicode (512 glyphs font). Of course, in such case it would be good to switch
to an 8 color scheme.
Fixed in newt-0.52.2-7.