LinuxBIOS Video?

Hendricks David W. dwh at
Wed Apr 28 15:37:27 CEST 2004

It's a bit sketchy at the time. Right now we can use ATi embedded devices
(Rage XL) pretty well, some older stuff like on the SiS630, and EPIA
whatever. But for newer stuff like GeForce cards, we have had to toggle
some IORRs and stuff and run the VGABIOS after Linux is booted. From here, 
framebuffering can be used for console display and X can run fully 
accelerated in AGP8x with fast writes and side band addressing. This has 
only been tested by us on the Tyan S2885.

On Wed, 28 Apr 2004, Langlois Evan wrote:

> Hi,
> If video isn't supported on a particular board, does this mean that video
> won't work at all?   I could live with no video until after the Linux
> kernel initialized things, but I'm guessing that the card won't even be
> listed in the device table.
> Could someone explain this to me?  Does this apply only to on-board video,
> or all add-on cards.  Am I right in guessing that no add-on video cards
> are supported?   Would it be possible to go into 16 bit mode temporarily
> to jump into the video ROM and initialize the card?
> Basically, I want a fast desktop (K8 maybe, the bus speeds seem to make it
> worth it) without a PC BIOS (I only use Linux, usually Gentoo).  It looks
> like LinuxBIOS is mainly for headless clusters.  The "Status" file on the
> web site looks painfully outdated, and the FAQ really needs some updates,
> and the mainboard directory in the source wasn't quite specific about what
> was supported either.
> I haven't gotten anything from this list in awhile, so please copy me
> directly  as it would seem mail from the list isn't getting to me for some
> reason (possibly a problem at my end).
> Thanks,
> Evan Langlois
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