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setmclk(1)                    Svgalib User Manual                   setmclk(1)

NAME
       setmclk - adjust the memory timing of certain Cirrus cards.

SYNOPSIS
       setmclk

DESCRIPTION
       This program sets the memory clock of Cirrus 5424/26/28 cards.

       The first three values could be set by utility programs that came with
       my card (AVGA3), but somewhat higher values seem to work (on my card at
       least). It may be that better and more recent Cirrus cards use a higher
       value as boot-up default. It should depend on DRAM speed, but it seems
       to be more dependant on the card logic.

       I have the impression that many Cirrus 542x cards suffer from horrible
       BIOS version/DRAM timing misconfigurations. Perhaps even some versions
       of MS-Windows drivers change the MCLK register. In any case, the boot-
       up BIOS default (0x1c) may be inappropriately low for the type of DRAM
       timing most cards use.

       Using a higher memory clock gives a very significant performance
       improvement; with high dot clock modes (like 640x480x16M or
       1150x900x256) performance can be more than twice that of the standard
       50 MHz clock. This goes for both (VLB) framebuffer access and
       accelerated features (bitblt). This also helps XFree86 server
       performance, but only if the XFree86 Cirrus driver doesn't set the
       memory clock register (it should work for XFree86 1.3 and 2.0).  Use at
       your own risk!

       Note that the dot clock is something entirely different. There does not
       seem to be much correlation between the two (i.e. if a high dot clock
       gives screen problems, using a high memory clock is not likely to fix
       it, other than improving speed).

       The actual memory clock is hard compiled into the program. It defaults
       to 0x1c. You can change this value and some suggestiong come in th
       source of the utility.

       This utility is part of svgalib and can be found in the utils/
       subdirectory of the original svgalib distribution. However, it is not
       installed by default, s.t. it is unclear where you can find it if your
       svgalib was install linux distribution.

       In case of any such problem, simply get an svgalib distribution from
       the net. You don't need to install it. Just make in the utils/
       subdirecty. As of this writing, svgalib-1.2.12.tar.gz is the latest
       version and can be retrieved by ftp from sunsite.unc.edu at
       /pub/Linux/libs/graphics and tsx-11.mit.edu at /pub/linux/sources/libs
       which will most probably be mirrored by a site close to you.

SEE ALSO
       svgalib(7), vgagl(7), libvga.config(5), convfont(1), dumpreg(1),
       restorefont(1), restorepalette(1), restoretextmode(1), runx(1),
       savetextmode(1), fix132x43(1), textmode(1).

AUTHOR
       This manual page was edited by Michael Weller <[email protected]
       essen.de>. The exact source of the referenced utility as well as of the
       original documentation is unknown.

       It is very likely that both are at least to some extent are due to Harm
       Hanemaayer <[email protected]>.

       Occasionally this might be wrong. I hereby asked to be excused by the
       original author and will happily accept any additions or corrections to
       this first version of the svgalib manual.

Svgalib (>= 1.2.11)               2 Aug 1997                        setmclk(1)
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