Display Device Driver Reference for OS/2

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Display Device Driver Reference
  1. 16-Bit VGA Display Driver
  2. 8514/A Display Driver
  3. 32-Bit VGA Display Driver
  4. 32-Bit Super VGA Display Driver
  5. SVGA Base Video Subsystem
  6. Physical Video Device Drivers
  7. Virtual Video Device Drivers
  8. Seamless Windows Support
  9. PM Palette Management Support
  10. Distributed Console Access Facility (DCAF)
  11. DBCS Video Driver Support
  12. Installing and Configuring Display Device Drivers
  13. Graphics Test Suites
  14. Display Test Tool
  15. VIDEOCFG.DLL Exported Functions
  16. VIDEOPMI.DLL Exported Functions
  17. VIDEO Protect-Mode Interface
  18. Data Types
  19. S3 Display Driver
  20. Notices
  21. Glossary

Reprint Courtesy of International Business Machines Corporation, © International Business Machines Corporation

EDM/2 preamble

This is the Display Device Driver Reference for OS/2 as last published by IBM in 1996. It is republished here with explicit permission from the company (Copyright Permission #21953) and you should keep in mind that it is an intellectual property of International Business Machines Corp. that cannot be changed or reused without their permission and is not governed by the Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 licence like the rest of the EDM/2 Wiki.

The content of the documentation is unchanged apart from the following:

  • The original document was an INF file split into thousands of different small sections, these have been consolidated into chapters, and restructured to fit HTML formatting, mimicking the original GML format as much as possible.
  • Sales, technical help, download and contact information has been removed. The DDDR/2 and the related SDK's are no longer for sale, nor is support available from IBM. Some of the INF viewer related help has been removed as well as it is superfluous after the format change and might be misleading, and the Glossary and Notices section was merged with other DDK/SDK glossary sections as they are all identical.
  • Miniscule changes have been made to the text, spelling errors, formatting errors and possible copy and paste errors have been fixed and/or noted, an unfinished sentence or two have been finished to the best of our ability.

Outside of formatting changes, adding Wikilinks and graphic improvements, the document shall be left as it is. It should be noted that the some of the driver models and data formats described in the documentation are have been replaced or extended by both IBM and third parties, but that does not mean that this document should be changed, but it is acceptable that a link is created to an internal or external article that explains the newer models and formats.

About this Book

The device drivers described in the Display Device Driver Reference provide information and code to enable you to start developing your own OS/2 display device drivers.

How This Book Is Organized

16-Bit VGA Display Driver 
This chapter presents the 16-bit VGA driver, a dynamic link library that converts device-independent graphics calls into VGA-specific device instructions.
8514/A Display Driver 
This chapter covers the differences between the 16- bit VGA display driver and the 8514.
32-Bit VGA Display Driver 
This chapter presents the 32-bit VGA driver, contained in two Dynamic Link Libraries: one hardware-independent, the other hardware-dependent.
Also described are the responsibilities of the driver to the Presentation Manager graphics engine, which loads the Dynamic Link Libraries for the display driver.
32-Bit Super VGA Display Driver 
This chapter discusses the differences between the VGA and the Super VGA device drivers.
SVGA Base Video Subsystem 
This chapter has been rewritten and now describes how the SVGA base video subsystem handles all non-graphical primitive video device functions. It also describes how to handle the mode set function.
Physical Video Device Drivers 
This chapter describes the Video Device handlers, and lists functions used to read and write to the EGA registers. The DPRINTF Print Formatting Package information has been moved from the end of SVGA Base Video Subsystem to the end of this chapter.
Virtual Video Device Drivers 
This chapter describes the design, implementation, and interfaces of virtual video device drivers, including the virtualization and windowing of DOS sessions on an OS/2 platform. A virtual video device driver is required when it is necessary for multiple DOS sessions to share one or more video devices. "Super VGA Virtual Video Device Driver Support" describes how to add support for an Super VGA capable chip set.
Seamless Windows Support 
This chapter provides information on how to execute Windows applications in one or more windows on the OS/2 desktop, and includes a Checklist for Palette Management Support in seamless display drivers. It also includes an overview of the Distributed Console Access Facility (DCAF), which provides remote console functions.
PM Palette Management Support 
This chapter describes Presentation Manager Palette Management, special code that enables applications to specify exact color values for a drawing or image on a particular device. The application's color requests are mapped as closely as possible to the actual colors available in the device's hardware color palette. When possible, the hardware palette is modified to exactly provide the requested RGB values.
Distributed Console Access Facility (DCAF) 
This chapter discusses the design and purpose of DCAF within the OS/2, DOS and WINDOWS environments.
DBCS Video Driver Support 
This chapter describes double-byte character set (DBCS) video driver support.
Installing and Configuring Display Device Drivers 
This chapter describes the OS/2 display driver installation utility program (DSPINSTL.EXE), which provides all the facilities for installing and configuring the IBM Operating System/2 and Presentation Manager display device drivers. This installation utility program also can install and configure WIN-OS/2 (both full-screen and windowed) display drivers, and can install base video service (VIO) and DOS virtual device drivers. :A sample DSPINSTL Script is included to assist you in SVGA BBS installations.
Graphics Test Suites 
This chapter describes test suites that are designed for System Verification Test and Function Verification Test.
Display Test Tool 
This chapter describes the Display Test Tool, a Presentation Manager application that enables the user to select one or more display tests and execute them.
VIDEOCFG.DLL Exported Functions 
This chapter describes the VIDEOCFG syntax as working samples, adhering to the style of the "C" programming language. The VIDEOCFG.DLL exported functions, formerly in Chapter 5, are now in this revamped and revised chapter. Also covered is a section on a Generic Video Configuration Interface.
VIDEOPMI.DLL Exported Functions 
This chapter presents the VIDEOPMI syntax as working samples, adhering to the style of the "C" programming language.
VIDEO Protect-Mode Interface 
This chapter discusses the format and syntax used to define the necessary data for setting a video mode while in OS/2 protect mode, and to enable virtualization in multiple DOS sessions. The objective is to achieve a protect-mode interface to Super VGA hardware.


Appendix A. OS/2 Version Compatibility Considerations This table describes information added to or changed since the availability of OS/2 Warp, Version 3 in terms of version compatibility.

Appendix B. GRE Function Tests (by Function Name) This appendix consists of a table that lists the various GRE function tests, organized by function name.

Appendix C. GRE Function Tests (by Test-Case Name) This appendix consists of a table that lists the various GRE function tests, organized by test-case name.

Appendix D. Graphics Engine Functions This appendix consists of several tables, each of which lists a different type of graphics engine function.

Appendix E. DTT Script File Command Summary This appendix contains a summary of the commands used in a DTT script file.

Appendix F. DTT Command-Line Options Summary This appendix contains a summary of the command-line options.

Appendix G. Sample DTT Script File This appendix contains the code for a sample script file.

Appendix H. Glyph Codes This appendix contains a table that lists the reserved glyph codes and the relationship between glyph pattern and glyph code ID in code page 932.

Appendix I. S3 Display Driver This appendix contains a discussion on the architecture of the S3 Display Device Driver and covers the portions of the driver that require modification in order to support other graphics accelerator chip sets.

Appendix J. S3.DSP (Sample File for Installation and Configuration) This appendix consists of a sample S3 display (DSP) file that contains DSPINSTL installation and configuration commands.

Appendix K. Deciphering File Names in the S3 Driver This appendix consists of a list of S3 file names with an explanation of how the file names are derived.

Appendix L. Color Palette Default Values This appendix contains tables listing the default values for VGA (4bpp), XGA (8bpp) and XGA (16bpp) color palettes.


OS/2 Version Compatibility Considerations