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Full resolution with Intel 810 video chipset

Contributed by: Jason Boles
This tip is valid for: Both BeOS and Haiku

Note: This tip requires that you be running BeOS 5.01 or higher.

When you first load BeOS on a machine with an i810 video chipset, you’ll find that you can only do 1024*768 at 8-bit color, while Windows can do 24-bit on the same machine.

The reason is that this chipset uses system memory rather than video memory, and only 1MB is used by default. To change this, copy

/boot/home/config/settings/kernel/drivers/sample/i810
to
/boot/home/config/settings/kernel/drivers/i810.

This file has only one line :

gfxmemsize 4M

4Mb should be fine for most resolutions, but you can edit the file and change the 4 to an 8 or 12 or 16 if you need higher. No editing is necessary however, it’s just an option. Simply moving the file out of the sample directory will cause it to be activated with the default of 4MBs.

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