[LinuxBIOS] VGA in qemu

Rasmus Wiman rasmus at wiman.org
Wed Jun 27 15:19:49 CEST 2007

Hi all,

A week ago, I finally gave (I have wanted to do it for a long time)
linuxbios a try, and just for fun I enabled VGA support when I compiled
it. The qemu build tutorial says nothing about vga so I guessed there'd
be a reason, and of course there was. Neither console nor X works.

Is there a good reason for this? I suppose the qemu vga bios isn't your
standard bios but rather some kind of vga card emulator, is that the
reason? Would it be hard work to get it running or have I just
overlooked something simple? I use FILO as payload to load debian 4.0
and most things except vga seem to work.

Oh, I just saw something about vga in the "dtc emits constructor array"
thread, is my question already answered? I'm pretty new to this, have
hardly even looked at code that touches the hardware since them '64
days... The last years I have mostly been coding in matlab.

By the way, are there any MCP55 motherboards in Microatx format? If I
had a job (why is the demand for linux geeks so hopelessly low :( ) I'd
love to get an X2 board that runs linuxbios, but full atx boards tend
to make pretty big and bulky computers and I already have lots of them.
Or if there's some other chipset for AMD that looks a lot like the
mcp55 I think it could be fun giving it a try.


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