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cgsix -- Sun accelerated 8-bit color frame buffer
cgsix* at sbus? slot ? offset ? (sun4c/sun4m)
cgsix0 at obio0 addr 0xfb000000 level 4 (sun4/300)
cgsix0 at obio0 addr 0x0b000000 level 4 (sun4/100)
The cgsix is a memory based color frame buffer. It supports the minimal
ioctl's needed to run X(7).
There are several versions of the cgsix board. The Sun part numbers and
board types are:
501-1374, 501-1532 P4 GX
501-1505 P4 GX with 3/80 backpanel
501-1481, 501-1645 Sbus double-width GX
501-1672, 501-1996 Sbus GX
501-1717, 501-2018, 501-2039 Sbus GX+
501-2325, 501-2922 Sbus TGX
501-2253, 501-2955 Sbus TGX+
There are also on-board `GX' cards in the `SPARCstation IPX' and
`SPARCstation LX' machines.
The `GX' and `TGX' cards have 1Mb of on-board memory and support a maxi-
mum graphics resolution of 1152x900. The `GX+' cards have 4Mb of on-
board memory and support a maximum resolution of 1280x1024. The `TGX+'
cards have 4Mb of on-board memory and support a maximum resolution of
1600x1280. The `TGX' (Turbo GX) cards are faster than the `GX' cards.
The number of supported resolutions varies by card type. All cards sup-
port a resolution of 1152x900 at 66Hz. All but the P4 and double-width
cards support a resolution of 1152x900 at 76Hz. The cards default to a
resolution dependent on the attached monitor (usually 1152x900).
It is only possible to change the resolution of a cgsix card from the
PROM before the operating system is loaded. For the primary card, this
can be done using the `output-device' PROM field. For example, for a
`TGX+' card, the following PROM command will set the resolution to
1280x1024 at 76Hz:
setenv output-device screen:r1280x1024x76
For secondary cards, a different method must be used to set the resolu-
tion. For a machine with OpenBoot 2.x or 3.x, and assuming a `TGX' card
at Sbus slot 1, the following PROM commands will set the resolution to
1024x768 at 60Hz:
" /iommu/sbus/cgsix@1" select-dev
" /iommu/sbus/cgsix@1" " set-resolution" execute-device-method
setenv use-nvramrc? true
For Sun4c machines, the device-path above would be:
For Sun-4 and Sun-3 systems, it is only possible to change PROM fields by
altering byte values. For these systems, it is probably easier to use
the eeprom(8) command to set the scrsize field to the desired resolution.
cgsix0 at obio0 addr 0xfb000000 level 4: cgsix/p4, 1152 x 900, rev 1
cgsix0 at sbus0 slot 0 offset 0x0 level 9: SUNW,501-2325, 1152 x 900, rev
11 cgsix0 at sbus0 slot 0 offset 0x0 level 9: SUNW,501-2253, 1280 x 1024,
bwtwo(4), cgeight(4), cgfour(4), cgfourteen(4), cgthree(4), cgtwo(4),
The double-width `GX' and the `GX+' cards are not compatible with Ultra-
On Sun-4 systems using a P4 GX card as console, the console field in the
PROM must be set to p4opt, otherwise the card will not be recognised as
the console output device.
Several firmware revisions on cgsix boards have a terminal emulation bug
that shows up when using the screen control sequences for inserting blank
lines near the bottom end of the screen (i.e., the control sequences pro-
duced by the termcap `al' and `AL' capabilities found in the terminfo(5)
database). The most likely occasion for triggering this bug is to use a
full-screen editor such as vi(1) on the workstation's console.
To work around this you can set your TERM environment variable to the
`sun-cgsix' terminal definition which is the same as the `sun' entry,
except that the `al' and `AL' capabilities have been removed (at the cost
of making the scrolling of the screen slower).
NetBSD 7.1.2 April 5, 2012 NetBSD 7.1.2