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howto: uvesafb widescreen

  1. You need to configure your kernel kernel. In the “Device Drivers” section select:

    [*] Connector - unified userspace kernelspace linker
    Graphics support --->
      Support for frame buffer devices --->
        [*] Userspace VESA VGA graphics support
    
  2. build the kernel: make

  3. reemerge klibc:

    # emerge klibc
    

    Note: This step is necessary because klibc has to be compiled against a kernel tree that includes uvesafb. You only need to do this once, i.e. you won’t have to remerge klibc every time you install a new kernel or a new kernel module.

  4. install v86d:

    # emerge v86d
    
  5. reconfigure your kernel; in the “General Setup” section select:

    [*] Initial RAM filesystem and RAM disk (initramfs/initrd) support
    

    and use /usr/share/v86d/initramfs in Initramfs source file(s). (that’s CONFIG_INITRAMFS_SOURCE="/usr/share/v86d/initramfs")

  6. rebuild the kernel: make, and install it

  7. add video=uvesafb:1024x768-32,mtrr:3,ywrap (or similar) to your kernel command line

  8. reboot and enjoy uvesafb :)

check /sys/bus/platform/drivers/uvesafb/uvesafb.0/vbe_modes for available video modes.

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