[SeaBIOS] [Qemu-devel] [PATCH 0/3] switch to seavgabios

malc av1474 at comtv.ru
Wed Apr 18 20:45:06 CEST 2012

On Wed, 18 Apr 2012, Gerd Hoffmann wrote:

>   Hi,
> [ adding seabios list to Cc:, topic is the missing vesa 2.0 protected
>   mode interface in seavgabios ]
> >> Pointer?
> >> I'd like to have a test case which breaks with the new vgabios.
> > 
> > We talked with malc briefly on irc yesterday, and this is what
> > he gave me:
> > 
> > http://cvs.savannah.gnu.org/viewvc/vgabios/vbe.c?root=vgabios&r1=1.47&r2=1.48
> > 
> > this is not the test case but the missing support he's referring to.
> > 
> > It appears the patch implements just 2 functions which both just does
> > int10,
> It isn't that simple.  Just invoking int10 from protected mode isn't
> guaranteed to have the desired effect.  It certainly wouldn't work for
> linux vesafb panning.  It might work for dos extenders, they might have
> the idt entry for int10 and other bios interrupts setup accordingly to
> do a real-mode -> bios call -> protected mode transition to simplify
> porting dos code to the 32bit extender.  But even for that use case it
> is IMHO pointless as the reason to have a 32bit interface is to avoid
> the expensive real mode switch in the first place ...

I needed DOS to work and it did, for me, in turn, linux vesafb is 

> The code has been changed later on, for good reasons, see
> http://git.qemu.org/?p=vgabios.git;a=commitdiff;h=72c270d8091fb0f09e8291cc0e7154b075b921a9
> > so should be easy to implement in seabios,
> seavgabios has no 32bit code at all at the moment.  vesa pmi didn't seem
> to be important enougth to change it.
> seabios is a 16/32bit hybrid with some code being compiled twice for
> both modes; dunno how reusable the seabios infrastructure is.  Unlike
> seabios seavgabios has no fixed load address, which makes things a bit
> more complicated when it comes to global variables I think.
> At least for the bochs interface this wouldn't be a showstopper though.
> Instead of using global variables to figure stuff like the active video
> mode we can just read the bits we need from the bochs device registers.
>  Costs some extra vmexits of course, and we wouldn't have code sharing
> for 16+32bit paths.
> cheers,
>   Gerd

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