|The Truth About The GMA3600 Versions
Date: July 18, 2013, 07:50:26 PM
The bluestar gma3600 editions do nothing that is gma3600-specific. In fact, all of the following Intel chipsets are recognised and supported:
0x0bf58086 - GMA3600
0x81008086 - GMA500
0x35758086 - 830
0x25608086 - 845G
0x35808086 - 855GM
0x25708086 - 865G
0x25808086 - 915G
0x25908086 - 915GM
0x27708086 - 945G
0x27a08086 - 945GM
0x27ac8086 - 945GME
0x29708086 - 946GZ
0x29a08086 - G965
0x29908086 - Q965
0x2a008086 - 945GM
0x2a018086 - 945GM
0x2a028086 - 945GM
If you are using one of the above graphics chipsets and a 1024x600 resolution is supported, then you can also use the bluestar gma3600 edition releases - the advantage is that the installation will include the configured v86d/915resolution framework, which can be easily changed to provide whatever resolution you want. The installer currently supports 1024x600, 1280x800 and 1366x768. If I had recommendations from my users, I would expand this to include the most-used resolutions.
This mechanism should not be used to attempt to set a graphics resolution not supported by the graphics hardware. However, there are resolutions supported by the graphics hardware that are not regarded as mainstream and therefore more difficult to configure. If your card is one of those listed above, 915resolution writes the desired resolution into the Video Bios of your graphics hardware. That resolution will thereafter (or powerdown or reboot) be returned as a supported resolution whenever the system requests the attributes of the hardware. If a graphics driver, or graphics drivers, are available for this hardware, it/they will be loaded as usual, however, the new resolution will be the default.
So, in fact, bluestar gma3600 users are getting the most out of their graphics hardware, at least in terms of what's currently available. Maybe one day we'll see all the advantages of this chipset.
The use of v86d and 915resolution is hardware agnostic, as long as the hardware is recognized by 915resolution. The correct kernel driver should be loaded during the KMS (kernel mode-setting) phase. For instance, the gma500_gfx driver is loaded by bluestar linux during its KMS phase when booting systems with gma500-type graphics hardware. This is, in fact, the most up-to-date linux driver for this graphics hardware.
If your system does not support a 1024x600 graphics resolution, installing from the non-gma3600 versions will still get you most of the way. The difference is that you will have to configure everything yourself. The v86d and 915resolution packages have been installed, so you don;t have to start from scratch, but you will have a couple of files to edit.
Go here for v86d/915resolution installation instructions: http://bluestarlinux.sourceforge.net/index.php?action=articles;sa=view;article=9
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