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First post, by zbiggy

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I have Geforce 6150 and can not find vesa or svga text modes. Do you know any application which could show me them?

I tried vgatest.exe and it has vesa text at no. 8 position but none modes are found.

I need text mode: 1024x768 at 16 colors (may be more colors) for my Linux console. Vesa gfx modes are very slow.

Reply 2 of 5, by gerwin

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Pretty sure Geforce cards have good support for all the vesa modes, and they run the normal real DOS text mode fine.
Anyways below are the videomodes that used to be available in the DOS era (my self-made list of some years ago). I would be suprised if they invented new 'text-modes' after that.

-= STANDARD MODE LISTING =-

MODE NO. VIDMEM
HEX DEC RES.WxH BPP TYPE (Bytes) TESTABLE
------------------------------------------------------------
00 00 40x25 4 text 16 y
01 01 40x25 4 text 16 y
02 02 80x25 1 text BW y
> 03 03 80x25 4 text 16 y
04 04 320x200 2 CGA 4
05 05 320x200 2 CGA 4
06 06 640x200 1 CGA BW
07 07 80x25 1 text BW y
0D 13 320x200 4 EGA 16
0E 14 640x200 4 EGA 16
0F 15 640x350 1 EGA BW
10 16 640x350 4 EGA 16
11 17 640x480 1 VGA BW
> 12 18 640x480 4 VGA 16 153600 y
> 13 19 320x200 8 MCGA 256 64000 y
22 34 132x44 4 text 16
23 35 132x25 4 text 16
24 36 132x28 4 text 16
26 38 80x60 4 text 16
29 41 800x600 4 SVGA 16
2A 42 100x40 4 text 16
2D 45 640x350 8 SVGA 256
2E 46 640x480 8 SVGA 256
2F 47 640x400 8 SVGA 256
30 48 800x600 8 SVGA 256
37 55 1024x768 4 SVGA 16
38 56 1024x768 8 SVGA 256

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-= VESA MODE LISTING =-

MODE NO. VIDMEM
HEX DEC RES.WxH BPP TYPE (Bytes) TESTABLE
-----------------------------------------------------------
>100 256 640x400 8 SVGA 256 256000 y
>101 257 640x480 8 SVGA 256 307200 y
102 258 800x600 4 VGA 16 240000
>103 259 800x600 8 SVGA 256 480000 y
104 260 1024x768 4 VGA 16 393216
105 261 1024x768 8 SVGA 256 786432 y
106 262 1280x1024 4 VGA 16 655360
107 263 1280x1024 8 SVGA 256 1310720 y
108 264 80x60 4 text 16 y
109 265 132x25 4 text 16 y
10A 267 132x43 4 text 16 y
10B 268 132x50 4 text 16 y
10C 269 132x60 4 text 16 y
10D 270 320x200 15 high 32k y
10E 271 320x200 16 high 64k y
10F 272 320x200 24/32 true 16M y
>110 273 640x480 15 high 32k y
>111 274 640x480 16 high 64k y
>112 275 640x480 24/32 true 16M y
113 276 800x600 15 high 32k y
114 277 800x600 16 high 64k y

Reply 3 of 5, by zbiggy

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gerwin wrote:

Pretty sure Geforce cards have good support for all the vesa modes, and they run the normal real DOS text mode fine.

Not integrated Geforces. I have Geforce 6150 (integrated on Asus A8N-VM CSM mobo) and vga graphics in fire & ice game http://www.mobygames.com/game/dos/fire-ice is like a bit soup (it worked OK on MSI Geforce FX5200). I asked Asus to fix vbios but they refused: "DOS not supported". So quality of DOS modes depends on vbios manufacturer kindness not GPU. I even do not know which screen mode the game is using during game play. Fire and Ice is the only DOS game which displays junk on poorly designed cards so it is nice for compatibility testing.

The best way for me is to switch off integrated GF6150 (however it is nice if you do not need advanced text mods or rare DOS graphics modes) and buy discrete one.

Thanks for help!

Reply 5 of 5, by DosFreak

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Shouldn't that game work fine in DOSBox?

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