Since Bochs 1.4 it is possible to use VESA graphics. There are some limitations in the current implementation, but in general it should work ok (we have run several test programs, the XFree86 VESA display driver, etc.)
In order to use VESA VBE, you need to enable it in your bochsrc by setting the
vga option to
Finally, you need to use the
as vgaromimage option for
applications to correctly detect VESA support.
Note: The VGABIOS is already included in the Bochs release, so no separate download is necessary.
Note: To take advantage of the VBE, you must tell Bochs to use the LGPL'd VGA BIOS version 0.4c or higher. A current version of the VGA BIOS will work.
4bpp modes support is incomplete (8, 15, 16, 24 and 32bpp should work)
banked mode is very slow (if you can, just use Linear Frame Buffering instead!)
only 320x200, 640x400, 640x480, 800x600, 1024x768 are currently supported
You need a display driver capable of using the VESA BIOS for this to work (a recent XFree86 will do, Windows 9x/NT/2K/XP probably will not work 'out of the box'.
Currently the VBE2 extension should be supported ok
This was contributed by Martin Bochnig in February 2004.
Instructions for Win95/98: ========================== I can only confirm that SciTech finally made a VBE driver for Windows. It works out of the box, at least with win95 as guest OS, provided you use Bochs 2.1 with the LGPL vgabios. Here is how I did it : - install win95 with the vga driver. - download sdd 7 beta from http://www.majorgeeks.com/download382.html - download pmhelp.vxd from http://unununium.org/viewcvs/snap/redist/release/pmhelp.vxd - copy pmhelp.vxd to the win95 system directory - install sdd7 800x600 and 1024x768 in 16 and 24 bpp modes here. I did not try 32bpp.
This was contributed by Stanislav Shwartsman in September 2004.
Instructions for Win2000/XP: ============================ Bochs VBE Display Drivers for Windows NT/2000 http://dhenriq.en.eresmas.com/