Re: S3 High Speed text font support in vgacon.c [patch 2.1.112]

Jan Kratochvil (
Fri, 31 Jul 1998 12:50:48 +0200

On Fri, Jul 31, 1998 at 10:37:23AM +0000, Yaroslav Rosomakho wrote:
> Hello!
> Look, if you nkow S3 cards, couldn't you write video frame buffer for S3?

Please see "/usr/src/linux/drivers/video/S3triofb.c". This is probably
what you want but unfortunately its not meant for i386 platform but for
PowerPC one where the PowerPC init system (like i386 BIOS) initializes the
graphical mode for you.
After writing the video-mode init code to it it should be usable even
on i386 platform. There may be only some problems with different RAMDACs
and ClockChips. I plan to eventually look into this later in summer but
unfortunately it would require some code-share with XFree in kernel which
is like duplicating GGI work. And Linus said that he wouldn't like such
code in kernel anyway.


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