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Re: [TCLUG:6500] frame buffer support

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Sometime around the 15th of June in 1999, a certain Tim Wilson said:

I'm running a FB console with my Matrox Mystique 220, and it
works great, but I can't get it to go to a resolution over
640x480. I want a higher text-mode resolution in particular,
because I spend 95% of my time in the console, and I'm used to
running 160x60 SVGATextMode resolution.

I'm still setup to run with normal XF86_SVGA, but I can
technically get XGGI to work using my FB device (no higher than
640x480 though). On your suggestion, I gave XF86_FBDev a try,
and it's just as slow as normal XF86_SVGA on my machine. I've
never had better than horrid X performance, which I originally
thought to be my video card (which was 1mb at the time) but
when I moved to this 4mb Mystique and it didn't improve, I'm
blaming it on the processor (p133), because I've got X on a
p200-mmx at work and it flies at 1280x1024. Oh well. I'm stuck
with sh*tty X performance until I drop $500 on new hardware
within the next few months here.

Oh, for curiosity's sake, here's what startx reported:

(**) FBDev: Using default frame buffer video mode
(--) FBDev: Frame buffer device: MATROX
(--) FBDev: Video memory: 4096K @ 0xfd800000
(--) FBDev: MMIO regs: 16K @ 0xfedfc000
(--) FBDev: Type 0 type_aux 0 bits_per_pixel 32
(--) FBDev: Hardware accelerator: Matrox MGA1064SG (Mystique)
(--) FBDev: No driver support for hardware acceleration
(--) FBDev: Using cfb32 driver

: Hey everyone,
: I was compiling 2.2.10 my Linux box at work today, and I decided to try to
: the frame buffer video stuff. It's a fresh install of Linux Mandrake 6.0
: (BTW, Mandrake is really sweet!), and I did install XFree86-FBDev. Anyway,
: I configured the kernel with frame buffer support, selected my Matrox
: Millenium II card, and finished the compile. After the reboot I got this
: cool little Penguin logo at the top of my screen (evidence that the frame
: buffer is operating apparently), and the video on my system is remarkably
: faster. I mean A LOT faster! Scrolling in Netscape is lightning quick.
: Anyway, if anyone wants to try this, I think you need one of the Matrox
: cards. I assume that frame buffer support for other cards is forthcoming.
: Please correct me if I've got some details wrong here. I didn't read too
: much about it before I took the plunge.

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