> I am running Debian Linux with XFree86 (XF86_SVGA driver) on a Diamond
> Stealth 3D 2000 video card. When I leave X and return to character mode,
> the screen is garbled in the sense that many of the characters are rendered
> as what appears to be random pixels within the character cell. Neither the
> clear or reset commands seem to buy me any relief. Instead, the screen
> gets filled with these funny "random pixel" characters. Anyone 1) know
> what's going on and 2) how I can fix it short of a reboot?
> Marty Packer
> Elbow Technologies
> "Reason with them, it drives them crazy"
Cannot give you any explanations, but after encountering similar problems
with Slackware 3.5 & Virge/DX video card & old Phillips 15" monitor & XFree86
3.3.2 (XF86_SVGA driver), the solution finally was (after trying 'clear' etc,
etc...) the following:
I put into my .bashrc:
alias xxx='/usr/bin/setfont /usr/lib/kbd/consolefonts/lat1-16.psf'
and after occasionally encountering the problem after leaving X I simply
to succesfully get clear fonts again ('xxx' is certainly easier to type than
the whole command above!).
In your case you need to tailor the 'psf' file definition according to your
This is not very elegant, but hopefully this works for you too. Nowadays I'm
working with Matrox Millennium G200 AGP & Sony monitor & S.u.S.E Linux
distribution & XFree 3.3.3 without similar problem.