Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Low-level Graphics on Raspberry Pi (part X update II)

Finally... in continuation to this post, after some elaboration on the forum I managed to get down to testing this properly - it appears that the changes in the fb driver can be made to work! Replace the 'switch page' by either (ioctl version):
        // switch page
        // ioctl version
        vinfo.yoffset = cur_page * vinfo.yres;
        ioctl(fbfd, FBIOPAN_DISPLAY, &vinfo);
        ioctl(fbfd, FBIO_WAITFORVSYNC, 0);
or (mailbox version):
        // switch page
        // mailbox version
        vx = 0;
        vy = cur_page * vinfo.yres;
        set_fb_voffs(&vx, &vy);
        ioctl(fbfd, FBIO_WAITFORVSYNC, 0);
Curiously the order has to be pan first - wait for vsync after... Obviously if going for the 'ioctl only version' one can scrap all the extra code and there is no need to create the char_dev node etc.

Cleaned up 'pure Linux fb' version of the code available in GitHub. Compile with (as I took out the timing code no need for the rt lib):
gcc -O2 -o fbtestXIV fbtestXIV.c
And run with:
fbset -depth 8
...as it appears the latest Raspbian builds require forcing the framebuffer mode to 8-bit colors before running the examples where 8-bit mode is set. Later the mode can be freely set and the examples run fine... If you want to time the execution use:
time ./fbtestXIV
...which should give just over 10 s if we managed to produce 60 fps for 10 seconds.

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