i.mx6 video out in mainline

Lucas Stach l.stach at pengutronix.de
Tue Oct 6 23:45:59 PDT 2015

Am Dienstag, den 06.10.2015, 16:02 -0700 schrieb Pushpal Sidhu:
> On Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 3:16 PM, Fabio Estevam <festevam at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > On Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 6:52 PM, Pushpal Sidhu <psidhu at gateworks.com
> > > wrote:
> > > Hi All,
> > > 
> > > I'm attempting to use a standard fb console (using the
> > > imx6qdl-gw54xx.dtsi), but I find that it only draws to the
> > > 1024x768p
> > > portion of the screen. This is also true when running the
> > > userspace
> > > tool fb-test.
> > 
> > Looking at imx6qdl-gw54xx.dtsi I see you have a LVDS panel with
> > 1024x768 resolution.
> > 
> > I sent a patch that allows LDB and HDMI to work simultaneously:
> > https://git.kernel.org/cgit/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git/com
> > mit/arch/arm/boot/dts/imx6qdl
> > -sabresd.dtsi?id=d28be499c45e6e16d7a042ce280eb872dc06952b
> > 
> > Can you try to adapt it for imx6qdl-gw54xx.dtsi?
> > 
> > If this still does not help your HDMI output, please try disabling
> > the LVDS.
> When I took your patch and adapted it for imx6qdl-gw54xx.dtsi, I
> found
> that HDMI video out was slightly shifted to the left and resolution
> remained at 1024x768p.
> I also found that when I disabled DRM_IMX_LDB, HDMI out stopped
> working altogether, though if I stripped out the ldb section in
> device
> tree, the resolution comes back at 1080p (regardless of setting
> DRM_IMX_LDB or not). There is definitely some strange interdependency
> between lvds and hdmi here. Do you have an idea of where I should
> start looking for this problem?
This isn't strange, but actually really simple to explain:

1. The DRM driver is a componentized driver that needs all of its
components to come up before it registers the DRM device. So if you
have the LDB enabled in your DT you also need the LDB driver, otherwise
you won't get any video out. If you don't want to have LDB, don't
disable the driver alone, but also add a status = "disabled" in the DT
LDB node.

2. The kernels framebuffer emulation layer will try to put the
framebuffer on both displays. So if you have a smaller LVDS display
connected the framebuffer will only have the size of the smaller
display. Solution is to not depend on the kernels frambuffer emulation,
but actually set a mode from userspace and work with the KMS interface


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