modedb default video mode support
Currently all frame buffer device drivers have their own video mode databases,
which is a mess and a waste of resources. The main idea of modedb is to have
- one routine to probe for video modes, which can be used by all frame buffer
- one generic video mode database with a fair amount of standard videomodes
(taken from XFree86)
- the possibility to supply your own mode database for graphics hardware that
needs non-standard modes, like amifb and Mac frame buffer drivers (which
When a frame buffer device receives a video= option it doesn't know, it should
consider that to be a video mode option. If no frame buffer device is specified
in a video= option, fbmem considers that to be a global video mode option.
Valid mode specifiers (mode_option argument):
with <xres>, <yres>, <bpp> and <refresh> decimal numbers and <name> a string.
Things between square brackets are optional.
To find a suitable video mode, you just call
int __init fb_find_mode(struct fb_var_screeninfo *var,
struct fb_info *info, const char *mode_option,
const struct fb_videomode *db, unsigned int dbsize,
const struct fb_videomode *default_mode,
unsigned int default_bpp)
with db/dbsize your non-standard video mode database, or NULL to use the
standard video mode database.
fb_find_mode() first tries the specified video mode (or any mode that matches,
e.g. there can be multiple 640x480 modes, each of them is tried). If that
fails, the default mode is tried. If that fails, it walks over all modes.
To specify a video mode at bootup, use the following boot options:
where <driver> is a name from the table below. Valid default modes can be
found in linux/drivers/video/modedb.c. Check your driver's documentation.
There may be more modes.
Drivers that support modedb boot options
Boot Name Cards Supported
amifb - Amiga chipset frame buffer
aty128fb - ATI Rage128 / Pro frame buffer
atyfb - ATI Mach64 frame buffer
tdfxfb - 3D Fx frame buffer
tridentfb - Trident (Cyber)blade chipset frame buffer
BTW, only a few drivers use this at the moment. Others are to follow
(feel free to send patches).