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  • phoronix
    started a topic What Kind Of People Use X.Org's VESA Driver?

    What Kind Of People Use X.Org's VESA Driver?

    Phoronix: What Kind Of People Use X.Org's VESA Driver?

    Yesterday we shared the first numbers from our 2009 Linux Graphics Survey that showed the open-source ATI driver is now more popular than ATI's official Catalyst driver. The full results from this survey that concluded last month will be published tomorrow, but in yesterday's graph that we showed there was also something else interesting: the X.Org VESA driver usage...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=Nzc3Nw

  • King InuYasha
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    I use VESA on one computer because I can actually get 1024x768 resolution on SVideo out on my ATI Radeon 9200SE through it. With the radeon driver, I'm limited to 800x600...

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  • curaga
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    I use vesa on one computer because the Sis chip / driver is total crap. Corruption, crashes, not much better performance than vesa even when it works.

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  • LinuxAffenMann
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    I'm using the VESA driver because I got one of those infamous Nvidia screw-up GPUs - hardware acceleration = freeze. I could use Nouveau and turn off hw accel, but the VESA driver is giving me better performance. Will get a new notebook soon, but for now I have to stick to this: http://img.xrmb2.net/images/662916.jpeg

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  • sabriah
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    I have used the vesa drivers "as a last resort", when other drivers had been messed with and I didn't know what else to use. And, due to lack of time to fix the system I have had them in use far longer than expected, once several weeks.

    The vesa drivers are almost like ASCII, very simple but is always understood.

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  • Smorg
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    I use the vesa driver on a laptop with a broken GPU (nvidia 420 go) which causes severe artifacts with vertical lines, but is still usable as a server and backup machine as the display is still visible (sorta). Any attempt to enable acceleration will hard lock it, so I use vesa on that box.

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  • Kano
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    Informer i patched a ati 9700 card with a bios editor to raise the refresh rate in vesa modes to 85 hz - no idea if that is still possible with newer cards. However i own a tft now...

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  • BlackStar
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    Originally posted by Kano View Post
    I certainly know ppl who used vesa, most of em i helped to use the correct one instead. Usually only 1280x1024 or 1024x768 is used when there are displays with other sizes.
    Not to mention that VESA sucks on any kind of CRT, as it's locked at 60Hz no matter what you try to do.

    (Yes, there are still people using CRTs out there!)

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  • unix_epoch
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    I sometimes use the VESA driver on my 2001-laptop-turned-carpc when the mach64 driver is broken (oddly enough for a car PC, I run Gentoo on it and like constantly updating things).

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  • Adarion
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    Originally posted by DDevine View Post
    ...Haiku...
    Haiku's Vesa driver is surprising fast and can do 3D (sort of) and play multiple videos simultaneously without much trouble.
    Wow. I'd like to have such a VESA driver. Would make life easier.

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