Re: Linux 2.5.51

From: Eric W. Biederman (
Date: Thu Dec 12 2002 - 10:01:42 EST

Benjamin Herrenschmidt <> writes:

> On Wed, 2002-12-11 at 10:25, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> > > Well, I'm not sure it quite works yet. Maybe unaccelerated, but anyway,
> > > my version of radeonfb for 2.5 isn't accelerated yet anyway. I'll work
> > > on that (or Ani will) now that the API is stable enough.
> >
> > How well does this driver work if you don't have a firmware
> > driver initialize the card? aka a pci option ROM.
> Probably not at all

Well it was worth asking.
> > I am interested because with LinuxBIOS it is still a pain to run
> > PCI option roms, and I don't necessarily even have then if it a
> > motherboard with video. There are some embedded/non-x86 platforms
> > with similar issues.
> Well, at least r128's and radeon's need the memory controller and PLLs
> initialized by the BIOS/firmware, we don't have documentation about how
> to acheive that ourselves (and this can depend on the specific wiring of
> a given card anyway).

I believe those actions have to be taken. I haven't seen how flexible
the chips are with respect to which memory they take, which is
generally where most of the complexity comes in.

I have written northbridge memory initialization code that generally
does not depend on the motherboard, I would be very surprised to find
out that video card are generally more difficult (except in the area
of documentation).

> > My primary interest is in the cheap ATI Rage XL chip that is on many
> > server board. PCI Vendor/device id 1002:4752 (rev 27) from lspci.
> >
> > If nothing else if some one could point me to some resources on
> > how to get the appropriate documentation from the video chipset
> > manufacturers I would be happy.
> >
> > But I did want to at least point that running a system with out bios
> > initialized video was certainly among the cases that are used.
> This is not possible with most modern cards without specific POST code
> provided by the chip manufacturer.

Without documentation surely. Though for that aspect of things
I primarily care about the cheap controllers that are used for onboard
video. Which I suspect is a much simpler case to handle.


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