Subject: Re: graphics cards
To: Michael G. Schabert <email@example.com>
From: Chris G. Demetriou <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 05/30/1998 13:42:46
> I see that you mention that "VGA" is supported...does this mean that I can
> go out & buy any WinTel PC VGA card, or does it have to be made for Alpha?
I've used a random WinTel PC VGA card, personally. Whether "any" will
work is a different question. 8-)
> If there is PCI compatibility between the Alpha & PeeCees, will the ZLXp-E2
> card work in someone else's Pentium (running NT, since I do have the NT
> drivers 4 the Alpha).
As noted earlier, there's the matter of initialization... I don't
know whether the TGA drivers for NT include i386-compatible bits, or
only alpha bits. If the latter, you can't use them in a PC.
> Also, Mark Levine mentions that he's successfully using the E2 with NetBSD
> 1.2, but it only works in VGA mode. I tried booting mine in 640*480, both
> in switch setting 11 and 12 (different refresh rates). Unfortunately, they
> both exhibited the same behaviour.
If he's using a ZLX* card in VGA mode on a PCI alpha, it's most likely
TGA, that is ZLXp-*, have no VGA mode. TGA2 (ZLX2-*) do.