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Re: [linux-fbdev] Matrox and XFree86 4.0.2 update

On Thu, Jan 25, 2001 at 12:38:25PM +0100, Geert Uytterhoeven wrote:
> On Thu, 25 Jan 2001, Kostas Gewrgiou wrote:
> > On Wed, 24 Jan 2001, Petr Vandrovec wrote:
> > > On 24 Jan 01 at 11:11, Ani Joshi wrote:
> > > > I recently ran into an issue with the matroxfb driver and XFree86 4.0.2's
> > > > matrox driver.  Sometime in the past someone decided to use BE
> > > > register access in matroxfb for BE machines, while this is probably The
> > > > Right Way, it produces problems in X.  I can use BE register access
> > > > macro's in X but it was causing problems with the engine, perhaps some DMA
> > > > issue although the dma BE bits are on.
> > >
> > > Using big-endian on PPC was required by PPC users for compatibility with
> > > existing XF[86][68]_FBDev servers. Are you sure that there are no problems
> > > otherwise, and that it works correctly on all PReP/CHRP/???? architectures?
> > 
> > Nope it won't cause any problems, none of the XF[86][68]_FBDev servers where
> > accelerated for matrox, other libs (SDL etc) that have accel for matroxfb
> > don't work correctly for ppc either.
> XF68_FBDev is accelerated for matroxfb, at least on the PPC platform.

Er, it is?  I thought only Xpmac was...

> > Changing the endian to little is the *right* thing, big-endian mode doesn't
> > offer us anything beyond problems in matroxfb 8/16 bit accesses become a
> > nightmare there...

Just my thoughts on this, but the matrox+ppc camp is relativly small (Yes, I
know some chrps which now work have 'em) and since I'm guessing (Ani, can you
benchmark some of this? :)) XF4 is faster than Xpmac, putting this in now,
with a toggle bit for people that really don't wanna upgrade to X4, and removing
the toggle in 2.5..  It should be an overall win.

Tom Rini (TR1265)

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