vgabios use howto.

Eric W. Biederman ebiederman at
Mon Jan 12 18:40:01 CET 2004

Richard Smith <rsmith at> writes:

> ron minnich wrote:
> > On Mon, 12 Jan 2004, Richard Smith wrote:
> >
> >> Can some kind soul give me or point me to info on what the current status is
> >> and what I going to need to do to get it all up?
> > vgabios/testbios is currently a linux program, not built into linuxbios at
> > all.  That's the emulator. We want to make it a linuxbios device soon.
> > The vgabios support code will run a vgabios directly. It is built into
> > linuxbios. Which one did you want?
> I (and my customer) want to see the screen light up at boot so I guess I need
> the direct vgabios support.  I seem to remember trying to use it about 6 months
> ago but I never could get it to compile and since ADLO worked I didn't continue
> that path.  I'm using a 440BX chipset.
> Does success under the emulator indicate the level of success for the direct
> support or are they totally different?  Will it be of use to boot the board up
> headless and run the emulator to see what happens?

There are some ATI framebuffer drivers that think they know how to initialize
a card from one of those.

It may be worth trying the emulator.  If we have open source code that can init
your video chip there are a lot of interesting things that can be done.


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