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authorPeter Korsgaard <>2008-03-06 10:56:45 +0100
committerIngo Molnar <>2008-03-07 16:39:14 +0100
commit1722770f131bb5c8e238825f3eba2efa331483a2 (patch)
parent7432d149fda8ce9ead9df91e577b83ce52ad5f65 (diff)
x86-boot: don't request VBE2 information
The new x86 setup code (4fd06960f120) broke booting on an old P3/500MHz with an onboard Voodoo3 of mine. After debugging it, it turned out to be caused by the fact that the vesa probing now asks for VBE2 data. Disassembing the video BIOS shows that it overflows the vesa_general_info structure when VBE2 data is requested because the source addresses for the information strings which get strcpy'ed to the buffer lie outside the 32K BIOS code (and hence contain long sequences of 0xff's). E.G.: get_vbe_controller_info: 00002A9C 60 pushaw 00002A9D 1E push ds 00002A9E 0E push cs 00002A9F 1F pop ds 00002AA0 2BC9 sub cx,cx 00002AA2 6626813D56424532 cmp dword [es:di],0x32454256 ; "VBE2" 00002AAA 7501 jnz .1 00002AAC 41 inc cx .1: 00002AAD 51 push cx 00002AAE B91400 mov cx,0x14 00002AB1 BED47F mov si, controller_header 00002AB4 57 push di 00002AB5 F3A4 rep movsb ; copy vbe1.2 header 00002AB7 B9EC00 mov cx,0xec 00002ABA 2AC0 sub al,al 00002ABC F3AA rep stosb ; zero pad remainder 00002ABE 5F pop di 00002ABF E8EB0D call word get_memory 00002AC2 C1E002 shl ax,0x2 00002AC5 26894512 mov [es:di+0x12],ax ; total memory 00002AC9 26C745040003 mov word [es:di+0x4],0x300 ; VBE version 00002ACF 268C4D08 mov [es:di+0x8],cs 00002AD3 268C4D10 mov [es:di+0x10],cs 00002AD7 59 pop cx 00002AD8 E361 jcxz .done ; VBE2 requested? 00002ADA 8D9D0001 lea bx,[di+0x100] 00002ADE 53 push bx 00002ADF 87DF xchg bx,di ; di now points to 2nd half 00002AE1 26C747140001 mov word [es:bx+0x14],0x100 ; sw rev 00002AE7 26897F06 mov [es:bx+0x6],di ; oem string 00002AEB 268C4708 mov [es:bx+0x8],es 00002AEF BE5280 mov si,0x8052 ; oem string 00002AF2 E87A1B call word strcpy 00002AF5 26897F0E mov [es:bx+0xe],di ; video mode list 00002AF9 268C4710 mov [es:bx+0x10],es 00002AFD B91E00 mov cx,0x1e 00002B00 BEE87F mov si,vidmodes 00002B03 F3A5 rep movsw 00002B05 26897F16 mov [es:bx+0x16],di ; oem vendor 00002B09 268C4718 mov [es:bx+0x18],es 00002B0D BE2480 mov si,0x8024 ; oem vendor 00002B10 E85C1B call word strcpy 00002B13 26897F1A mov [es:bx+0x1a],di ; oem product 00002B17 268C471C mov [es:bx+0x1c],es 00002B1B BE3880 mov si,0x8038 ; oem product 00002B1E E84E1B call word strcpy 00002B21 26897F1E mov [es:bx+0x1e],di ; oem product rev 00002B25 268C4720 mov [es:bx+0x20],es 00002B29 BE4580 mov si,0x8045 ; oem product rev 00002B2C E8401B call word strcpy 00002B2F 58 pop ax 00002B30 B90001 mov cx,0x100 00002B33 2BCF sub cx,di 00002B35 03C8 add cx,ax 00002B37 2AC0 sub al,al 00002B39 F3AA rep stosb ; zero pad .done: 00002B3B 1F pop ds 00002B3C 61 popaw 00002B3D B84F00 mov ax,0x4f 00002B40 C3 ret (The full BIOS can be found at if interested). The old setup code didn't ask for VBE2 info, and the new code doesn't actually do anything with the extra information, so the fix is to simply not request it. Other BIOS'es might have the same problem. Signed-off-by: Peter Korsgaard <> Signed-off-by: Ingo Molnar <>
2 files changed, 1 insertions, 10 deletions
diff --git a/arch/x86/boot/vesa.h b/arch/x86/boot/vesa.h
index ff5b73cd406f..468e444622c5 100644
--- a/arch/x86/boot/vesa.h
+++ b/arch/x86/boot/vesa.h
@@ -26,17 +26,10 @@ struct vesa_general_info {
far_ptr video_mode_ptr; /* 14 */
u16 total_memory; /* 18 */
- u16 oem_software_rev; /* 20 */
- far_ptr oem_vendor_name_ptr; /* 22 */
- far_ptr oem_product_name_ptr; /* 26 */
- far_ptr oem_product_rev_ptr; /* 30 */
- u8 reserved[222]; /* 34 */
- u8 oem_data[256]; /* 256 */
+ u8 reserved[236]; /* 20 */
} __attribute__ ((packed));
#define VESA_MAGIC ('V' + ('E' << 8) + ('S' << 16) + ('A' << 24))
-#define VBE2_MAGIC ('V' + ('B' << 8) + ('E' << 16) + ('2' << 24))
struct vesa_mode_info {
u16 mode_attr; /* 0 */
diff --git a/arch/x86/boot/video-vesa.c b/arch/x86/boot/video-vesa.c
index 662dd2f13068..419b5c273374 100644
--- a/arch/x86/boot/video-vesa.c
+++ b/arch/x86/boot/video-vesa.c
@@ -37,8 +37,6 @@ static int vesa_probe(void)
video_vesa.modes = GET_HEAP(struct mode_info, 0);
- vginfo.signature = VBE2_MAGIC;
ax = 0x4f00;
di = (size_t)&vginfo;