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OPENCHROME(4x)                                                  OPENCHROME(4x)

       openchrome - video driver for VIA Unichromes

       Section "Device"
         Identifier "string"
         Driver "openchrome"

       openchrome is an Xorg driver for VIA chipsets that have  an integrated
       Unichrome graphics engine.

       The openchrome driver supports the following chipsets: CLE266,
       KM400/KN400, CN400, CN700, K8M800/K8N800, PM800/PN800, P4M800Pro,
       VN800, PM880, K8M890/K8N890, CN896, VN896, and P4M900.  The driver
       includes 2D acceleration and Xv video overlay extensions.  Flat panel,
       TV, and VGA outputs are supported, depending on the hardware

       3D direct rendering is available using experimental drivers from Mesa
       (  There is also an XvMC client library for hardware
       acceleration of MPEG1/MPEG2 decoding (not available on the KM/N400)
       that uses the Direct Rendering Infrastructure (DRI).  The XvMC client
       library implements a non-standard "VLD" extension to the XvMC standard.
       The current Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) kernel module is available

       The driver supports free modes for Unichrome Pros (K8M800/K8N800,
       PM800/PN800, and CN400).  For plain Unichromes (CLE266, KM400/KN400),
       it currently supports only a limited number of dotclocks, so if you are
       using X modelines you must make sure that the dotclock is one of those
       supported.  Supported dotclocks on plain Unichromes are currently (in
       MHz): 25.2, 25.312, 26.591, 31.5, 31.704, 32.663, 33.750, 35.5, 36.0,
       39.822, 40.0, 41.164, 46.981, 49.5, 50.0, 56.3, 57.284, 64.995, 65.0,
       65.028, 74.480, 75.0, 78.8, 81.613, 94.5, 108.0, 108.28, 122.0,
       122.726, 135.0, 148.5, 155.8, 157.5, 161.793, 162.0, 175.5, 189.0,
       202.5, 204.8, 218.3, 229.5.  On top of this, bandwidth restrictions
       apply for both Unichromes and Unichrome Pros.

       Please refer to xorg.conf() for general configuration details.  This
       section only covers configuration details specific to this driver.

       The following driver options are supported:

       Option "AccelMethod"  "string"
              The driver supports "XAA" and "EXA" acceleration methods.  The
              default method is XAA, since EXA is still experimental.
              Contrary to XAA, EXA implements acceleration for screen uploads
              and downlads (if DRI is enabled) and for the Render/Composite

       Option "ActiveDevice"  "string"
              Specifies the active device combination.  Any string containing
              "CRT", "LCD", "DFP", "TV" should be possible. "CRT" represents
              anything that is connected to the VGA port, "LCD" and "DFP" are
              for laptop panels (not TFT screens attached to the VGA port),
              "TV" is self-explanatory.  The default is to use what is
              detected.  The driver is currently unable to use LCD and TV
              simultaneously, and will favour the LCD.

       Option "AGPMem"  "integer"
              Sets the amount of AGP memory that is allocated at X server
              startup.  The allocated memory will be "integer" kB.  This AGP
              memory is used for the AGP command buffer (if the option
              "EnableAGPDMA" is set to "true"), for DRI textures, and for the
              EXA scratch area.  The driver will allocate at least one system
              page of AGP memory, or -- if the AGP command buffer is used --
              at least 2 MB plus one system page.  If there is no room for the
              EXA scratch area in AGP space, it will be allocated from VRAM.
              If there is no room for DRI textures, they will be allocated
              from the DRI part of VRAM (see the option "MaxDRIMem").  The
              default amount of AGP is 32768 kB.  Note that the AGP aperture
              set in the BIOS must be able to accomodate the amount of AGP
              memory specified here.  Otherwise no AGP memory will be
              available.  It is safe to set a very large AGP aperture in the

       Option "Center"  "boolean"
              Enables image centering on DVI displays.  The default is

       Option "DisableIRQ"  "boolean"
              Disables the vertical blank IRQ.  This is a workaround for some
              mainboards that have problems with IRQs coming from the
              Unichrome engine.  With IRQs disabled, DRI clients have no way
              to synchronize their drawing to Vblank.  (IRQ is disabled by
              default on the KM400 and K8M800 chipsets.)

       Option "DisableVQ"  "boolean"
              Disables the use of the virtual command queue.  The queue is
              enabled by default.

       Option "EnableAGPDMA"  "boolean"
              Enables the AGP DMA functionality in DRM.  This requires that
              DRI is enabled and will force 2D and 3D acceleration to use AGP
              DMA.  The XvMC DRI client will also make use of this on the
              CLE266 to consume much less CPU.  (This option is enabled by
              default, except on the K8M890 and P4M900.)

       Option "ExaNoComposite"  "boolean"
              If EXA is enabled (using the option "AccelMethod"), this option
              enables acceleration of compositing.  Since EXA, and in
              particular its composite acceleration, is still experimental,
              this is a way to disable a misbehaving composite acceleration.

       Option "ExaScratchSize"  "integer"
              Sets the size of the EXA scratch area to "integer" kB.  This
              area is used by EXA as a last place to look for available space
              for pixmaps.  Too little space will slow compositing down.  This
              option should be set to the size of the largest pixmap used.  If
              you have a screen width of over 1024 pixels and use 24 bpp, set
              this to 8192.  Otherwise you can leave this at the default 4096.
              The space will be allocated from AGP memory if available,
              otherwise from VRAM.

       Option "LCDDualEdge"  "boolean"
              Enables the use of dual-edge mode to set the LCD.  The default
              is disabled.

       Option "MaxDRIMem"  "integer"
              Sets the maximum amount of VRAM memory allocated for DRI clients
              to "integer" kB.  Normally DRI clients  get half the available
              VRAM size, but in some cases it may make sense to limit this
              amount.  For example, if you are using a composite manager and
              you want to give as much memory as possible to the EXA pixmap
              storage area.

       Option "MigrationHeuristic"  "string"
              Sets the heuristic for EXA pixmap migration.  This is an EXA
              core option, and on Xorg server versions after 1.1.0 this
              defaults to "smart".  The openchrome driver performs best with
              "greedy", so you should really add this option to your
              configuration file.  The third possibility is "always", which
              might become more useful in the future.

       Option "NoAccel"  "boolean"
              Disables the use of hardware acceleration.  Acceleration is
              enabled by default.

       Option "NoAGPFor2D"  "boolean"
              Disables the use of AGP DMA for 2D acceleration, even when AGP
              DMA is enabled.  The default is enabled.

       Option "NoXVDMA"  "boolean"
              If DRI is enabled, Xv normally uses PCI DMA to transfer video
              images from system to frame-buffer memory.  This is somewhat
              slower than direct copies due to the limitations of the PCI bus,
              but on the other hand it decreases CPU usage significantly,
              particularly on computers with fast processors.  Some video
              players are buggy and will display rendering artifacts when PCI
              DMA is used.  If you experience this, or don't want your PCI bus
              to be stressed with Xv images, set this option to "true".  This
              option has no effect when DRI is not enabled.

       Option "PanelSize"  "string"
              Specifies the size (width x height) of the LCD panel attached to
              the system.  The sizes 640x480, 800x600, 1024x768, 1280x1024,
              and 1400x1050 are supported.

       Option "Rotate"  "string"
              Rotates the display either clockwise ("CW") or counterclockwise
              ("CCW").  Rotation is only supported unaccelerated.

       Option "ShadowFB"  "boolean"
              Enables the use of a shadow frame buffer.  This is required when
              rotating the display, but otherwise defaults to disabled.

       Option "SWCursor"  "boolean"
              Enables the use of a software cursor.  The default is disabled:
              the hardware cursor is used.

       Option "TVDeflicker"  "integer"
              Specifies the deflicker setting for TV output.  Valid values are
              "0", "1", and "2".  Here 0 means no deflicker, 1 means 1:1:1
              deflicker, and 2 means 1:2:1 deflicker.

       Option "TVDotCrawl"  "boolean"
              Enables dot-crawl suppression.  The default is disabled.

       Option "TVOutput"  "string"
              Specifies which TV output to use.  The driver supports "S-
              Video", "Composite", "SC", "RGB", and "YCbCr" outputs.  Note
              that on some EPIA boards the composite-video port is shared with
              audio-out and is selected via a jumper.

       Option "TVType"  "string"
              Specifies TV output format.  The driver currently supports
              "NTSC" and "PAL" timings only.

       Option "VBEModes"  "boolean"
              Enables the use of VBE BIOS calls for setting the display mode.
              This mimics the behaviour of the vesa driver but still provides
              acceleration and other features.  This option may be used if
              your hardware works with the vesa driver but not with the
              openchrome driver.  It may not work on 64-bit systems.  Using
              "VBEModes" may speed up driver acceleration significantly due to
              a more aggressive hardware setting, particularly on systems with
              low memory bandwidth.  Your refresh rate may be limited to 60 Hz
              on some systems.

       Option "VBESaveRestore"  "boolean"
              Enables the use of VBE BIOS calls for saving and restoring the
              display state when the X server is launched.  This can be
              extremely slow on some hardware, and the system may appear to
              have locked for 10 seconds or so.  The default is to use the
              driver builtin function.  This option only works if option
              "VBEModes" is enabled.

       Option "VideoRAM"  "integer"
              Overrides the VideoRAM autodetection.  This should never be

       Unichromes tend to be paired with several different TV encoders.

       VIA Technologies VT1621
              Still untested, as no combination with a Unichrome is known or
              available.  Supports the following normal modes: "640x480" and
              "800x600".  Use "640x480Over" and "800x600Over" for vertical
              overscan.  These modes are made available by the driver;
              modelines provided in xorg.conf will be ignored.

       VIA Technologies VT1622, VT1622A, VT1623
              Supports the following modes: "640x480", "800x600", "1024x768",
              "848x480", "720x480" (NTSC only) and "720x576" (PAL only).  Use
              "640x480Over", "800x600Over", "1024x768Over", "848x480Over",
              "720x480Over" (NTSC) and "720x576Over" (PAL) for vertical
              overscan.  The modes "720x480Noscale" (NTSC) and
              "720x576Noscale" (PAL) (available on VT1622 only) provide
              cleaner TV output (unscaled with only minimal overscan).  These
              modes are made available by the driver; modelines provided in
              xorg.conf will be ignored.

       Xorg(), xorg.conf(), xorgconfig(), Xserver(), X()

       Authors include: ...

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