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The framebuffer's original function is as a video RAM cache to allow more flexibility to (older) video cards. Many newer cards come with framebuffers on board, which are often already compatible with many operating systems. Enabling framebuffer support in the Linux kernel will often cause graphical artifacts or black screen displays. For most newer cards, this option should not be selected when using the LiveDVD.

See also

  • Intel — the open source graphics driver for Intel GMA on-board graphics cards, starting with the Intel 810.
  • Nouveau — the open source driver for NVIDIA graphic cards.
  • Radeon — a family of open source graphics drivers for older AMD/ATI Radeon graphics cards.
  • Uvesafb — a framebuffer driver to use the VESA BIOS Extensions for changing display modes or display graphics on the console.

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