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VGA(3)				     Library Functions Manual				   VGA(3)

NAME
       vga - VGA controller device

SYNOPSIS
       bind #v /dev

       /dev/vgactl
       /dev/vgaiob
       /dev/vgaiow
       /dev/vgaiol

DESCRIPTION
       The  VGA device allows configuration of a graphics controller on a PC.  Vgactl allows con-
       trol over higher-level settings such as display height, width, depth, controller and hard-
       ware-cursor  type.   Vgaiob, vgaiow and vgaiol allow control over individual 8-bit, 16-bit
       and 32-bit x86 I/O-ports respectively, such as those used to implement  configuration  and
       setup  registers  on  a	VGA controller card.  These functions are normally carried out by
       vga(8).

       Writes to vgactl are of the form `attribute value'.  Valid attributes are

       size   value is 'XxYxZ' , where X, Y and Z are numbers that tell the kernel the width  and
	      height of the screen in pixels and the number of bits per pixel.

       type   tells  the kernel which type of controller is being used, mainly to enable the cor-
	      rect code for display-memory bank switching at resolutions greater than  640x480x1.
	      The names vga, clgd542x, et4000, mach32, and s3 are supported for value.

	      Note  that  this	list  does  not indicate the full set of VGA chips supported. For
	      example, s3 includes the 86C801/5, 86C928, Vision864, and Vision964.  It is the job
	      of  vga(8)  to  recognize  which particular chip is being used and to initialize it
	      appropriately.

       hwgc   tells the kernel to use a particular type of hardware graphics cursor.   Bt485hwgc,
	      et4000hwgc,  s3hwgc  and	tvp3020hwgc, are currently recognized values.  A value of
	      off reverts to using the software cursor.

       Reading vgactl returns the current settings, one per line.

EXAMPLES
       The following reverts to using the software graphics cursor

	    echo -n 'hwgc off' >/dev/vgactl

       Sample code to read an x86 8-bit I/O port

	    uchar
	    inportb(long port)
	    {
		 uchar data;

		 if(iobfd == -1)
		      iobfd = open("#v/vgaiob", ORDWR);

		 seek(iobfd, port, 0);
		 if(read(iobfd, &data, sizeof(data)) != sizeof(data))
		      error("inportb(0x%4.4x): %r0, port);
		 return data;
	    }

SOURCE
       /sys/src/9/pc/devvga.c

SEE ALSO
       vga(8)

BUGS
       There should be some restriction on the range of valid ports.

       There should be support for the hardware graphics cursor on the clgd54[23]x VGA controller
       chips.

       The hardware graphics cursor on the et4000 does not work in 2x8-bit mode.

											   VGA(3)


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