Subject: Re: more tested peripherals on the TS-7200
To: Jesse Off <>
From: Simon Burge <>
List: port-arm
Date: 01/10/2005 10:30:03
"Jesse Off" wrote:

> I've been trying to get a VGA card working, but most VGA cards present a
> x86 DOS BIOS extension to properly initialize them, which can't really be
> executed on ARM.

Some firmware (eg, SRM for the Alpha, CFE for sbmips) includes enough
of an x86 emulator to run the BIOS in VGA cards.  Is this an option you
can consider with the firmware you have in your boards?  Perhaps even
better would be something in the NetBSD kernel that does this, and thus
would make VGA cards usable on architectures that can't pre-initialise
the BIOS before NetBSD starts.

Simon Burge                            <>
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