Re: Is it possible to reset graphics controller on reboot in a framebuffer driver?

From: Geert Uytterhoeven
Date: Thu Mar 07 2019 - 04:39:38 EST

Hi Jani,

On Thu, Mar 7, 2019 at 10:00 AM Jani Nikula <jani.nikula@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Thu, 07 Mar 2019, Tom Li <tomli@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > As you may have noticed, recently I've been working on a reworked version
> > of sm712fb, and planned to convert it to a DRM/KMS driver. Besides using
> > it on embedded/non-x86 systems, I thought it would be a good idea to support
> > histrocial x86 laptops with this VGA chipset as well, so I've acquired a
> > machine for testing.
> >
> > However, soon I found a nasty problem. The BIOS does not reset the chip
> > on boot! Like most graphics controller of that era, sm712 chipset has a
> > VGA compatible mode and a 2D framebuffer mode. The power-on default is
> > VGA. The BIOS writer just assumed this, and does nothing to reinitialize
> > it. If one uses the framebuffer driver under Linux, once the machine reboots,
> > the entire LCD panel becomes a piece of garbage.
> >
> > AFAIK, the framebuffer driver would be running throughout the kernel's life-
> > cycle, is it really possible to workaround this issue by restoring on VGA
> > state upon reboot?
> It's possible to do this using a reboot notifier. I am not sure if there
> are better ways to achieve the same, but there's at least one example of
> using reboot notifiers to achieve the exact same goal.
> See drivers/video/fbdev/aty/atyfb_base.c, look for
> register_reboot_notifier().

Or a shutdown handler, which is more device-centric?
(cfr. "[3/4] fbdev: atafb: Fix broken frame buffer after kexec",



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