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SubjectRe: [linux-fbdev] Re: atyfb with 2.3.30 ond x86

> James Simmons writes:
> >
> > > I concur: I have a couple of PMC (PCI mezzanine cadrs) modules with S3
> > > chips which I plug on my MVME boards (PPC). I could not find any code that
> > > would intialize them properly (bad to awful image quality) until I wrote
> > > a small 486 SX emulator which executes the Video BIOS init routine.
> > >
> > > While many BIOS may have bugs, you can be fairly sure that the
> > > initialization routine is basically correct (otherwise you could not even
> > > see the Video BIOS copyright line properly).
> >
> > Ahhhh! Way are hardware companies so brain dead? Intels are not the only
> > computers in the world. What do we do? Have the kernel have a built in x86
> > emulator to setup brain dead hardware. I don't want to do that. What
> > really needs to done is to ask these companies to release the info to set
> > a mode without resorting to the BIOS.
> >
> I have already stated many times why this is not a reasonalbe apporach!
> Just that much: Take a S3Virge for example: check how many card
> manufacturers use it! Check how many different hw environments they
> use (memory etc). The bios rom is the safest to store this information.

I understand that. What I'm talking about is have it use a x86 emulator to
get it to work. It would be nice to have the BIOS store the data in a
platform independent way.

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