Re: atyfb in 2.5.51

From: Geert Uytterhoeven (
Date: Fri Dec 13 2002 - 03:53:04 EST

On 11 Dec 2002, Alan Cox wrote:
> On Wed, 2002-12-11 at 20:43, David S. Miller wrote:
> > fbdev is nice, in the specific cases where the device fits the fbdev
> > model, because once you have the kernel bits you have X support :)
> fbdev also can't be used in some situations on x86. Deeply fascinating
> things happen on some x86 processors if you execute a loop of code with
> an instruction that crosses two different memory types.

Do you mean one load/store access to memory where the first and the last part
(e.g. first 2 and last 2 bytes for a 32-bit word) are to different memory types
(e.g. main RAM and video RAM on PCI)? If yes, where does that happen? If no,
can you please clarify?

(At first I thought you meant an instruction where the opcode crosses those
 two memory types, but we don't put code in video RAM...)



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