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From: Ferris McCormick <fmccor@g.o>
Subject: Fw: XVR-500 support in Lenny === Sparc Linux
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2008 23:12:51 +0000
A few days ago, someone in #gentoo-sparc IRC was asking about this
XVR-500  graphics card, and I don't think he got any response.  This
thread from Debian indicates there is a kernel driver for it.  I don't
know off hand about Xorg support because I don't know what the card is.

Note below for the kernel .config options.

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Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2008 00:46:16 +0200
From: Petr Vyslouzil <ptrv@...>
To: Dave Barnett <barnetda@...>
Cc: jcristau@..., debian-sparc@...
Subject: Re: XVR-500 support in Lenny

Dave, Julien, thanks for your replies.

I asked just to make sure I did not miss something obvious (like
the .config file in /boot dir :)). I've been wondering why Debian on
Sparc doesn't have compiled-in drivers for SUN's graphics cards. I can
confirm that sunxvr500 driver works flawlessly even with XVR-600 card
(although lspci shows wrong description), so at least all Sun Blade
[12]500 users would benefit. And I suppose that sunxvr2500 is not any
worse. So, please, could you consider to compile them in? The
difference between OpenBoot ansi terminal and XVR-600 framebuffer is


> Petr:
> Well, a google search turned up this page 
> ( which has the Debian kernel 
> configurations.
> The entry for 2.6.26-8 for sparc, "config-2.6.26-1-sparc64.gz 
> <>" 
> shows:
> # CONFIG_FB_XVR500 is not set
> # CONFIG_FB_XVR2500 is not set
> Does that help?
> [I was expecting to find information that tells me where the "config" 
> file details are contained on a running system (under /proc, I thought), 
> but I haven't found that, yet....  Perhaps that functionality isn't 
> available / compiled into the sparc kernels...]
> Cheers,
> Dave

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