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Re: [Full-Disclosure] Xfree86 video buffering?
From: bkfsec (bkfsecsdf.lonestar.org)
Date: Fri Feb 25 2005 - 09:49:02 CST
>I don't think this is at all easily solvable - when the X server starts up, the
>card is probably in console mode using the VGA emulation, which is pretty
>brain-dead and doesn't touch much of the card memory (when you have 32M or 64M
>on-card, that 640x480 gets lonely sitting in the corner). The X server first
>has to pop it into the native NVidia/ATI/whatever graphics mode (remember, it
>has to do that *before* it can access the video memory - you can't get there
>while still in VGA emulation). Then it can proceed to clear out the on-card
>memory. Unfortunately, if the X server pauses in between setting the mode and
>clearing the memory, you get to see the uninitialized (and therefor left-over)
>buffers. About the best you can do here is fix the server to try to not do any
>time-intensive operations between the mode set and the clear.
Just a thought here... don't know if there are any complications with my
suggestion here, but -- why not go the other route and clear the video
memory as X is shutting down, such that there's no stale data left in
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