Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 87921
text mode startup: system font corrupt
Last modified: 2014-03-16 22:35:25 EDT
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Description of problem:
- Go through a vanilla install of Redhat v9.0. Select to boot into text mode.
- Start machine for the first time. At the point where the system font is set,
the entire text console becomes corrupt. Normal ascii characters are mapped to
what look like greek and control characters. The space is mapped to some random
character. Before the system font is set, the character set is fine.
The only workaround to this is to log in blindly and start X, but otherwise text
mode is hosed. Is setsysfont really necessary at all?
The machine has a Trident Cyberblade graphics card, which was autodetected
during the X configuration.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
What locale are you using? What's the content of /etc/sysconfig/i18n?
The default locale selected was "english south africa".
The contents of /etc/sysconf/i18n is:
[root@rachel root]# cat /etc/sysconfig/i18n
I get the same thing, my /etc/sysconfig/i18n is
My video card is an NVidia GeForce4 MX
Just to confirm: this bug is still outstanding on the most recent patched
version of Redhat v9.0, and is still just as annoying.
Hm, I've duplicated that /etc/sysconfig/i18n and I can't reproduce this. I
wonder if it's something specific to loading a screen font on that graphics
chipset. Does it happen no matter what you set SYSFONT to?
We eventually ditched the motherboard and installed a different one, and the
problem went away. I think this is probably an obscure corruption with old hardware.
OK, closing as WORKSFORME (as it does).