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Re: [linux-fbdev] SGI VW 540, fbdev and pot pourii of faults and evidenc

Subject: Re: [linux-fbdev] SGI VW 540, fbdev and pot pourii of faults and evidence..:-)
From: James Simmons <>
Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2000 19:17:02 -0400 (EDT)
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> I would also like to ask, if SGI is likely to make the hardware specs OSS
> (for cobalt etc.), so that those with the skill (this is not my forte, but
> I will try...), can stabilise this otherwise competent port.

Nope. SGI no longer supports Visual Workstations with linux. I don't even
know if they support Visual Workstatiosn period. It would be nice if they
did release the specs anyways :-)

> 1. After boot , no matter what video mode one is in, the text console is
> zippy. After using X (or changing modes using fbset) the text scrolling is
> *painfully* slow. There is no apparent difference in the kernel mechanism
> when switching, so is it just the boot state that works?

Which X server?  Sounds like the X server is doing the naughty.

>       Empirical observations (i.e. writing known patterns to the
> /dev/fb0 device) indicate that SGI reverse RGB for 888 format, compared to
> RGB565. That is red offset=0, green=8,blue=16 rather than red=24 etc.. I
> have reversed the assignment in the "var" structure (in sgivwfb_set_var )
> and in setcolreg the offsets are used, but to no effect. What else needs
> changing?

Have a patch for this? Can you post it?

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