Re: Any FB support for S3 cards on x86?

Chris Noe (
Mon, 27 Jul 1998 18:53:56 -0700 (MST)

On Mon, 27 Jul 1998, Craig Schlenter wrote:

> I have a couple of machines with S3 Trio64 cards. The vga=ask parameter
> only lists text modes for these boards and is unhappy when I try eg. 0303.
> It does detect the board as Vesa but I'm not sure if the boards are 2.0
> compliant ...
> Is there anything I can do to see a cute penguin on bootup?

All older S3 cards that I've ever run across only support VESA 1.2, _but_
I have found dos based tsr called S3VBE20 that provides vesa 2.0 support
to all S3 cards (including my virge).

Before, I couldn't possibly use vesafb, but now that I've setup s3vbe to
run on boot (and use loadlin to warm-boot linux) I get to enjoy the cute
drunken penguin.

You should be able to find this proggie with yahoo or something; if not
email me and I'll send you a copy.

Chris Noe

#!/bin/perl -sp0777i<X+d*lMLa^*lN%0]dsXx++lMlN/dsM0<j]dsj
$/=unpack('H*',$_);$_=`echo 16dio\U$k"SK$/SM$n\EsN0p[lN*1
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