[LinuxBIOS] booting without vga

Rogelio Serrano rogelio.serrano at gmail.com
Fri Aug 25 09:23:41 CEST 2006

On 8/25/06, Richard Smith <smithbone at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 8/25/06, Rogelio Serrano <rogelio.serrano at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Is there a way for linuxbios to initialize the graphics hardware
> > directly? besides making linux use the framebuffer directly on bootup.
> > and maybe making filo use the framebuffer too.
> If the hardware was standard then yes but each graphics mfg does it
> differently and its hidden by the VGA bios.  Think of each graphics
> card as a graphics northbridge.  You have to eanble all the right
> bits, turn on the video ram, etc.  On 99% of graphics cards the info
> on how to do this is not known.  So you have to run the vga bios to do
> it.
> --
> Richard A. Smith


and the vga bios is running at 16 bit mode? and its slow with all its
timing loops and other stuff.

which graphic cards are in the other 1%?

hah! this is another argument for ogp. i have to start studying fpgas
now. i need an open graphics card that boots at a fraction of the
speed of current cards and boots straight into framebuffer mode.

things i hate about my linux pc:

1. it takes more than a second to boot up
2. keeps asking about filenames and directories
3. does not remember what i was working on yesterday
4. does not remember all the changes i have ever made
5.cannot figure out necessary settings by itself

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