[PATCHv2] Add dynamic video initialization to barebox

Juergen Beisert jbe at pengutronix.de
Tue Oct 26 07:31:36 EDT 2010

Currently barebox uses a fixed videomode setup. Everything is compiled in.
This change adds the possibility to select a videomode according to a
connected display at runtime. The current behaviour is still present if not
otherwise configured. If configured for runtime setup, initialization of the
video hardware will be delayed until the required videomode will be selected
from the shell code. If more than one videomode is supported by the platform,
running the 'devinfo' command on the framebuffer device shows the supported
videomode list. After selecting the videomode, the output can be enabled.

On my hardware I can connect a regular monitor, which supports more than one
videomode. The runtime setup sequence looks like that:

tx28:/ devinfo framebuffer0
base  : 0x00000000
size  : 0x00000000
driver: framebuffer

 Video/Mode info:
   Video output not enabled
 Current video mode:
   No video mode selected yet
 Supported video mode(s):
           cdepth = 16
             mode = <NULL>
           enable = <NULL>

tx28:/ framebuffer0.mode=SVGA
tx28:/ bmp splash.bmp
tx28:/ framebuffer0.enable=1

After the last command the monitor shows the splash screen.

This is revision 2 of this patch stack.
 - enabling the video output is now always required to get a picture
 - driver specific data can now be added on a per videomode base
 - documentation is adapted to the new behaviour


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