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Command Line Options for Linux/m68k
Last Update: 2 May 1999
Linux/m68k version: 2.2.6
Author: (Roman Hodek)
Update: (Jes Sorensen) and (Chris Lawrence)
0) Introduction
Often I've been asked which command line options the Linux/m68k
kernel understands, or how the exact syntax for the ... option is, or
... about the option ... . I hope, this document supplies all the
Note that some options might be outdated, their descriptions being
incomplete or missing. Please update the information and send in the
1) Overview of the Kernel's Option Processing
The kernel knows three kinds of options on its command line:
1) kernel options
2) environment settings
3) arguments for init
To which of these classes an argument belongs is determined as
follows: If the option is known to the kernel itself, i.e. if the name
(the part before the '=') or, in some cases, the whole argument string
is known to the kernel, it belongs to class 1. Otherwise, if the
argument contains an '=', it is of class 2, and the definition is put
into init's environment. All other arguments are passed to init as
command line options.
This document describes the valid kernel options for Linux/m68k in
the version mentioned at the start of this file. Later revisions may
add new such options, and some may be missing in older versions.
In general, the value (the part after the '=') of an option is a
list of values separated by commas. The interpretation of these values
is up to the driver that "owns" the option. This association of
options with drivers is also the reason that some are further
2) General Kernel Options
2.1) root=
Syntax: root=/dev/<device>
or: root=<hex_number>
This tells the kernel which device it should mount as the root
filesystem. The device must be a block device with a valid filesystem
on it.
The first syntax gives the device by name. These names are converted
into a major/minor number internally in the kernel in an unusual way.
Normally, this "conversion" is done by the device files in /dev, but
this isn't possible here, because the root filesystem (with /dev)
isn't mounted yet... So the kernel parses the name itself, with some
hardcoded name to number mappings. The name must always be a
combination of two or three letters, followed by a decimal number.
Valid names are:
/dev/ram: -> 0x0100 (initial ramdisk)
/dev/hda: -> 0x0300 (first IDE disk)
/dev/hdb: -> 0x0340 (second IDE disk)
/dev/sda: -> 0x0800 (first SCSI disk)
/dev/sdb: -> 0x0810 (second SCSI disk)
/dev/sdc: -> 0x0820 (third SCSI disk)
/dev/sdd: -> 0x0830 (forth SCSI disk)
/dev/sde: -> 0x0840 (fifth SCSI disk)
/dev/fd : -> 0x0200 (floppy disk)
/dev/xda: -> 0x0c00 (first XT disk, unused in Linux/m68k)
/dev/xdb: -> 0x0c40 (second XT disk, unused in Linux/m68k)
The name must be followed by a decimal number, that stands for the
partition number. Internally, the value of the number is just
added to the device number mentioned in the table above. The
exceptions are /dev/ram and /dev/fd, where /dev/ram refers to an
initial ramdisk loaded by your bootstrap program (please consult the
instructions for your bootstrap program to find out how to load an
initial ramdisk). As of kernel version 2.0.18 you must specify
/dev/ram as the root device if you want to boot from an initial
ramdisk. For the floppy devices, /dev/fd, the number stands for the
floppy drive number (there are no partitions on floppy disks). I.e.,
/dev/fd0 stands for the first drive, /dev/fd1 for the second, and so
on. Since the number is just added, you can also force the disk format
by adding a number greater than 3. If you look into your /dev
directory, use can see the /dev/fd0D720 has major 2 and minor 16. You
can specify this device for the root FS by writing "root=/dev/fd16" on
the kernel command line.
[Strange and maybe uninteresting stuff ON]
This unusual translation of device names has some strange
consequences: If, for example, you have a symbolic link from /dev/fd
to /dev/fd0D720 as an abbreviation for floppy driver #0 in DD format,
you cannot use this name for specifying the root device, because the
kernel cannot see this symlink before mounting the root FS and it
isn't in the table above. If you use it, the root device will not be
set at all, without an error message. Another example: You cannot use a
partition on e.g. the sixth SCSI disk as the root filesystem, if you
want to specify it by name. This is, because only the devices up to
/dev/sde are in the table above, but not /dev/sdf. Although, you can
use the sixth SCSI disk for the root FS, but you have to specify the
device by number... (see below). Or, even more strange, you can use the
fact that there is no range checking of the partition number, and your
knowledge that each disk uses 16 minors, and write "root=/dev/sde17"
(for /dev/sdf1).
[Strange and maybe uninteresting stuff OFF]
If the device containing your root partition isn't in the table
above, you can also specify it by major and minor numbers. These are
written in hex, with no prefix and no separator between. E.g., if you
have a CD with contents appropriate as a root filesystem in the first
SCSI CD-ROM drive, you boot from it by "root=0b00". Here, hex "0b" =
decimal 11 is the major of SCSI CD-ROMs, and the minor 0 stands for
the first of these. You can find out all valid major numbers by
looking into include/linux/major.h.
2.2) ro, rw
Syntax: ro
or: rw
These two options tell the kernel whether it should mount the root
filesystem read-only or read-write. The default is read-only, except
for ramdisks, which default to read-write.
2.3) debug
Syntax: debug
This raises the kernel log level to 10 (the default is 7). This is the
same level as set by the "dmesg" command, just that the maximum level
selectable by dmesg is 8.
2.4) debug=
Syntax: debug=<device>
This option causes certain kernel messages be printed to the selected
debugging device. This can aid debugging the kernel, since the
messages can be captured and analyzed on some other machine. Which
devices are possible depends on the machine type. There are no checks
for the validity of the device name. If the device isn't implemented,
nothing happens.
Messages logged this way are in general stack dumps after kernel
memory faults or bad kernel traps, and kernel panics. To be exact: all
messages of level 0 (panic messages) and all messages printed while
the log level is 8 or more (their level doesn't matter). Before stack
dumps, the kernel sets the log level to 10 automatically. A level of
at least 8 can also be set by the "debug" command line option (see
2.3) and at run time with "dmesg -n 8".
Devices possible for Amiga:
- "ser": built-in serial port; parameters: 9600bps, 8N1
- "mem": Save the messages to a reserved area in chip mem. After
rebooting, they can be read under AmigaOS with the tool
Devices possible for Atari:
- "ser1": ST-MFP serial port ("Modem1"); parameters: 9600bps, 8N1
- "ser2": SCC channel B serial port ("Modem2"); parameters: 9600bps, 8N1
- "ser" : default serial port
This is "ser2" for a Falcon, and "ser1" for any other machine
- "midi": The MIDI port; parameters: 31250bps, 8N1
- "par" : parallel port
The printing routine for this implements a timeout for the
case there's no printer connected (else the kernel would
lock up). The timeout is not exact, but usually a few
2.6) ramdisk_size=
Syntax: ramdisk_size=<size>
This option instructs the kernel to set up a ramdisk of the given
size in KBytes. Do not use this option if the ramdisk contents are
passed by bootstrap! In this case, the size is selected automatically
and should not be overwritten.
The only application is for root filesystems on floppy disks, that
should be loaded into memory. To do that, select the corresponding
size of the disk as ramdisk size, and set the root device to the disk
drive (with "root=").
2.7) swap=
2.8) buff=
I can't find any sign of these options in 2.2.6.
3) General Device Options (Amiga and Atari)
3.1) ether=
Syntax: ether=[<irq>[,<base_addr>[,<mem_start>[,<mem_end>]]]],<dev-name>
<dev-name> is the name of a net driver, as specified in
drivers/net/Space.c in the Linux source. Most prominent are eth0, ...
eth3, sl0, ... sl3, ppp0, ..., ppp3, dummy, and lo.
The non-ethernet drivers (sl, ppp, dummy, lo) obviously ignore the
settings by this options. Also, the existing ethernet drivers for
Linux/m68k (ariadne, a2065, hydra) don't use them because Zorro boards
are really Plug-'n-Play, so the "ether=" option is useless altogether
for Linux/m68k.
3.2) hd=
Syntax: hd=<cylinders>,<heads>,<sectors>
This option sets the disk geometry of an IDE disk. The first hd=
option is for the first IDE disk, the second for the second one.
(I.e., you can give this option twice.) In most cases, you won't have
to use this option, since the kernel can obtain the geometry data
itself. It exists just for the case that this fails for one of your
3.3) max_scsi_luns=
Syntax: max_scsi_luns=<n>
Sets the maximum number of LUNs (logical units) of SCSI devices to
be scanned. Valid values for <n> are between 1 and 8. Default is 8 if
"Probe all LUNs on each SCSI device" was selected during the kernel
configuration, else 1.
3.4) st=
Syntax: st=<buffer_size>,[<write_thres>,[<max_buffers>]]
Sets several parameters of the SCSI tape driver. <buffer_size> is
the number of 512-byte buffers reserved for tape operations for each
device. <write_thres> sets the number of blocks which must be filled
to start an actual write operation to the tape. Maximum value is the
total number of buffers. <max_buffer> limits the total number of
buffers allocated for all tape devices.
3.5) dmasound=
Syntax: dmasound=[<buffers>,<buffer-size>[,<catch-radius>]]
This option controls some configurations of the Linux/m68k DMA sound
driver (Amiga and Atari): <buffers> is the number of buffers you want
to use (minimum 4, default 4), <buffer-size> is the size of each
buffer in kilobytes (minimum 4, default 32) and <catch-radius> says
how much percent of error will be tolerated when setting a frequency
(maximum 10, default 0). For example with 3% you can play 8000Hz
AU-Files on the Falcon with its hardware frequency of 8195Hz and thus
don't need to expand the sound.
4) Options for Atari Only
4.1) video=
Syntax: video=<fbname>:<sub-options...>
The <fbname> parameter specifies the name of the frame buffer,
eg. most atari users will want to specify `atafb' here. The
<sub-options> is a comma-separated list of the sub-options listed
NB: Please notice that this option was renamed from `atavideo' to
`video' during the development of the 1.3.x kernels, thus you
might need to update your boot-scripts if upgrading to 2.x from
an 1.2.x kernel.
NBB: The behavior of video= was changed in 2.1.57 so the recommended
option is to specify the name of the frame buffer.
4.1.1) Video Mode
This sub-option may be any of the predefined video modes, as listed
in atari/atafb.c in the Linux/m68k source tree. The kernel will
activate the given video mode at boot time and make it the default
mode, if the hardware allows. Currently defined names are:
- stlow : 320x200x4
- stmid, default5 : 640x200x2
- sthigh, default4: 640x400x1
- ttlow : 320x480x8, TT only
- ttmid, default1 : 640x480x4, TT only
- tthigh, default2: 1280x960x1, TT only
- vga2 : 640x480x1, Falcon only
- vga4 : 640x480x2, Falcon only
- vga16, default3 : 640x480x4, Falcon only
- vga256 : 640x480x8, Falcon only
- falh2 : 896x608x1, Falcon only
- falh16 : 896x608x4, Falcon only
If no video mode is given on the command line, the kernel tries the
modes names "default<n>" in turn, until one is possible with the
hardware in use.
A video mode setting doesn't make sense, if the external driver is
activated by a "external:" sub-option.
4.1.2) inverse
Invert the display. This affects both, text (consoles) and graphics
(X) display. Usually, the background is chosen to be black. With this
option, you can make the background white.
4.1.3) font
Syntax: font:<fontname>
Specify the font to use in text modes. Currently you can choose only
between `VGA8x8', `VGA8x16' and `PEARL8x8'. `VGA8x8' is default, if the
vertical size of the display is less than 400 pixel rows. Otherwise, the
`VGA8x16' font is the default.
4.1.4) hwscroll_
Syntax: hwscroll_<n>
The number of additional lines of video memory to reserve for
speeding up the scrolling ("hardware scrolling"). Hardware scrolling
is possible only if the kernel can set the video base address in steps
fine enough. This is true for STE, MegaSTE, TT, and Falcon. It is not
possible with plain STs and graphics cards (The former because the
base address must be on a 256 byte boundary there, the latter because
the kernel doesn't know how to set the base address at all.)
By default, <n> is set to the number of visible text lines on the
display. Thus, the amount of video memory is doubled, compared to no
hardware scrolling. You can turn off the hardware scrolling altogether
by setting <n> to 0.
4.1.5) internal:
Syntax: internal:<xres>;<yres>[;<xres_max>;<yres_max>;<offset>]
This option specifies the capabilities of some extended internal video
hardware, like e.g. OverScan. <xres> and <yres> give the (extended)
dimensions of the screen.
If your OverScan needs a black border, you have to write the last
three arguments of the "internal:". <xres_max> is the maximum line
length the hardware allows, <yres_max> the maximum number of lines.
<offset> is the offset of the visible part of the screen memory to its
physical start, in bytes.
Often, extended interval video hardware has to be activated somehow.
For this, see the "sw_*" options below.
4.1.6) external:
[I had to break this line...]
This is probably the most complicated parameter... It specifies that
you have some external video hardware (a graphics board), and how to
use it under Linux/m68k. The kernel cannot know more about the hardware
than you tell it here! The kernel also is unable to set or change any
video modes, since it doesn't know about any board internal. So, you
have to switch to that video mode before you start Linux, and cannot
switch to another mode once Linux has started.
The first 3 parameters of this sub-option should be obvious: <xres>,
<yres> and <depth> give the dimensions of the screen and the number of
planes (depth). The depth is the logarithm to base 2 of the number
of colors possible. (Or, the other way round: The number of colors is
You have to tell the kernel furthermore how the video memory is
organized. This is done by a letter as <org> parameter:
'n': "normal planes", i.e. one whole plane after another
'i': "interleaved planes", i.e. 16 bit of the first plane, than 16 bit
of the next, and so on... This mode is used only with the
built-in Atari video modes, I think there is no card that
supports this mode.
'p': "packed pixels", i.e. <depth> consecutive bits stand for all
planes of one pixel; this is the most common mode for 8 planes
(256 colors) on graphic cards
't': "true color" (more or less packed pixels, but without a color
lookup table); usually depth is 24
For monochrome modes (i.e., <depth> is 1), the <org> letter has a
different meaning:
'n': normal colors, i.e. 0=white, 1=black
'i': inverted colors, i.e. 0=black, 1=white
The next important information about the video hardware is the base
address of the video memory. That is given in the <scrmem> parameter,
as a hexadecimal number with a "0x" prefix. You have to find out this
address in the documentation of your hardware.
The next parameter, <scrlen>, tells the kernel about the size of the
video memory. If it's missing, the size is calculated from <xres>,
<yres>, and <depth>. For now, it is not useful to write a value here.
It would be used only for hardware scrolling (which isn't possible
with the external driver, because the kernel cannot set the video base
address), or for virtual resolutions under X (which the X server
doesn't support yet). So, it's currently best to leave this field
empty, either by ending the "external:" after the video address or by
writing two consecutive semicolons, if you want to give a <vgabase>
(it is allowed to leave this parameter empty).
The <vgabase> parameter is optional. If it is not given, the kernel
cannot read or write any color registers of the video hardware, and
thus you have to set appropriate colors before you start Linux. But if
your card is somehow VGA compatible, you can tell the kernel the base
address of the VGA register set, so it can change the color lookup
table. You have to look up this address in your board's documentation.
To avoid misunderstandings: <vgabase> is the _base_ address, i.e. a 4k
aligned address. For read/writing the color registers, the kernel
uses the addresses vgabase+0x3c7...vgabase+0x3c9. The <vgabase>
parameter is written in hexadecimal with a "0x" prefix, just as
<colw> is meaningful only if <vgabase> is specified. It tells the
kernel how wide each of the color register is, i.e. the number of bits
per single color (red/green/blue). Default is 6, another quite usual
value is 8.
Also <coltype> is used together with <vgabase>. It tells the kernel
about the color register model of your gfx board. Currently, the types
"vga" (which is also the default) and "mv300" (SANG MV300) are
Parameter <xres_virtual> is required for ProMST or ET4000 cards where
the physical linelength differs from the visible length. With ProMST,
xres_virtual must be set to 2048. For ET4000, xres_virtual depends on the
initialisation of the video-card.
If you're missing a corresponding yres_virtual: the external part is legacy,
therefore we don't support hardware-dependent functions like hardware-scroll,
panning or blanking.
4.1.7) eclock:
The external pixel clock attached to the Falcon VIDEL shifter. This
currently works only with the ScreenWonder!
4.1.8) monitorcap:
Syntax: monitorcap:<vmin>;<vmax>;<hmin>;<hmax>
This describes the capabilities of a multisync monitor. Don't use it
with a fixed-frequency monitor! For now, only the Falcon frame buffer
uses the settings of "monitorcap:".
<vmin> and <vmax> are the minimum and maximum, resp., vertical frequencies
your monitor can work with, in Hz. <hmin> and <hmax> are the same for
the horizontal frequency, in kHz.
The defaults are 58;62;31;32 (VGA compatible).
The defaults for TV/SC1224/SC1435 cover both PAL and NTSC standards.
4.1.9) keep
If this option is given, the framebuffer device doesn't do any video
mode calculations and settings on its own. The only Atari fb device
that does this currently is the Falcon.
What you reach with this: Settings for unknown video extensions
aren't overridden by the driver, so you can still use the mode found
when booting, when the driver doesn't know to set this mode itself.
But this also means, that you can't switch video modes anymore...
An example where you may want to use "keep" is the ScreenBlaster for
the Falcon.
4.2) atamouse=
Syntax: atamouse=<x-threshold>,[<y-threshold>]
With this option, you can set the mouse movement reporting threshold.
This is the number of pixels of mouse movement that have to accumulate
before the IKBD sends a new mouse packet to the kernel. Higher values
reduce the mouse interrupt load and thus reduce the chance of keyboard
overruns. Lower values give a slightly faster mouse responses and
slightly better mouse tracking.
You can set the threshold in x and y separately, but usually this is
of little practical use. If there's just one number in the option, it
is used for both dimensions. The default value is 2 for both
4.3) ataflop=
Syntax: ataflop=<drive type>[,<trackbuffering>[,<steprateA>[,<steprateB>]]]
The drive type may be 0, 1, or 2, for DD, HD, and ED, resp. This
setting affects how many buffers are reserved and which formats are
probed (see also below). The default is 1 (HD). Only one drive type
can be selected. If you have two disk drives, select the "better"
The second parameter <trackbuffer> tells the kernel whether to use
track buffering (1) or not (0). The default is machine-dependent:
no for the Medusa and yes for all others.
With the two following parameters, you can change the default
steprate used for drive A and B, resp.
4.4) atascsi=
Syntax: atascsi=<can_queue>[,<cmd_per_lun>[,<scat-gat>[,<host-id>[,<tagged>]]]]
This option sets some parameters for the Atari native SCSI driver.
Generally, any number of arguments can be omitted from the end. And
for each of the numbers, a negative value means "use default". The
defaults depend on whether TT-style or Falcon-style SCSI is used.
Below, defaults are noted as n/m, where the first value refers to
TT-SCSI and the latter to Falcon-SCSI. If an illegal value is given
for one parameter, an error message is printed and that one setting is
ignored (others aren't affected).
This is the maximum number of SCSI commands queued internally to the
Atari SCSI driver. A value of 1 effectively turns off the driver
internal multitasking (if it causes problems). Legal values are >=
1. <can_queue> can be as high as you like, but values greater than
<cmd_per_lun> times the number of SCSI targets (LUNs) you have
don't make sense. Default: 16/8.
Maximum number of SCSI commands issued to the driver for one
logical unit (LUN, usually one SCSI target). Legal values start
from 1. If tagged queuing (see below) is not used, values greater
than 2 don't make sense, but waste memory. Otherwise, the maximum
is the number of command tags available to the driver (currently
32). Default: 8/1. (Note: Values > 1 seem to cause problems on a
Falcon, cause not yet known.)
The <cmd_per_lun> value at a great part determines the amount of
memory SCSI reserves for itself. The formula is rather
complicated, but I can give you some hints:
no scatter-gather : cmd_per_lun * 232 bytes
full scatter-gather: cmd_per_lun * approx. 17 Kbytes
Size of the scatter-gather table, i.e. the number of requests
consecutive on the disk that can be merged into one SCSI command.
Legal values are between 0 and 255. Default: 255/0. Note: This
value is forced to 0 on a Falcon, since scatter-gather isn't
possible with the ST-DMA. Not using scatter-gather hurts
performance significantly.
The SCSI ID to be used by the initiator (your Atari). This is
usually 7, the highest possible ID. Every ID on the SCSI bus must
be unique. Default: determined at run time: If the NV-RAM checksum
is valid, and bit 7 in byte 30 of the NV-RAM is set, the lower 3
bits of this byte are used as the host ID. (This method is defined
by Atari and also used by some TOS HD drivers.) If the above
isn't given, the default ID is 7. (both, TT and Falcon).
0 means turn off tagged queuing support, all other values > 0 mean
use tagged queuing for targets that support it. Default: currently
off, but this may change when tagged queuing handling has been
proved to be reliable.
Tagged queuing means that more than one command can be issued to
one LUN, and the SCSI device itself orders the requests so they
can be performed in optimal order. Not all SCSI devices support
tagged queuing (:-().
4.5 switches=
Syntax: switches=<list of switches>
With this option you can switch some hardware lines that are often
used to enable/disable certain hardware extensions. Examples are
OverScan, overclocking, ...
The <list of switches> is a comma-separated list of the following
ikbd: set RTS of the keyboard ACIA high
midi: set RTS of the MIDI ACIA high
snd6: set bit 6 of the PSG port A
snd7: set bit 6 of the PSG port A
It doesn't make sense to mention a switch more than once (no
difference to only once), but you can give as many switches as you
want to enable different features. The switch lines are set as early
as possible during kernel initialization (even before determining the
present hardware.)
All of the items can also be prefixed with "ov_", i.e. "ov_ikbd",
"ov_midi", ... These options are meant for switching on an OverScan
video extension. The difference to the bare option is that the
switch-on is done after video initialization, and somehow synchronized
to the HBLANK. A speciality is that ov_ikbd and ov_midi are switched
off before rebooting, so that OverScan is disabled and TOS boots
If you give an option both, with and without the "ov_" prefix, the
earlier initialization ("ov_"-less) takes precedence. But the
switching-off on reset still happens in this case.
5) Options for Amiga Only:
5.1) video=
Syntax: video=<fbname>:<sub-options...>
The <fbname> parameter specifies the name of the frame buffer, valid
options are `amifb', `cyber', 'virge', `retz3' and `clgen', provided
that the respective frame buffer devices have been compiled into the
kernel (or compiled as loadable modules). The behavior of the <fbname>
option was changed in 2.1.57 so it is now recommended to specify this
The <sub-options> is a comma-separated list of the sub-options listed
below. This option is organized similar to the Atari version of the
"video"-option (4.1), but knows fewer sub-options.
5.1.1) video mode
Again, similar to the video mode for the Atari (see 4.1.1). Predefined
modes depend on the used frame buffer device.
OCS, ECS and AGA machines all use the color frame buffer. The following
predefined video modes are available:
NTSC modes:
- ntsc : 640x200, 15 kHz, 60 Hz
- ntsc-lace : 640x400, 15 kHz, 60 Hz interlaced
PAL modes:
- pal : 640x256, 15 kHz, 50 Hz
- pal-lace : 640x512, 15 kHz, 50 Hz interlaced
ECS modes:
- multiscan : 640x480, 29 kHz, 57 Hz
- multiscan-lace : 640x960, 29 kHz, 57 Hz interlaced
- euro36 : 640x200, 15 kHz, 72 Hz
- euro36-lace : 640x400, 15 kHz, 72 Hz interlaced
- euro72 : 640x400, 29 kHz, 68 Hz
- euro72-lace : 640x800, 29 kHz, 68 Hz interlaced
- super72 : 800x300, 23 kHz, 70 Hz
- super72-lace : 800x600, 23 kHz, 70 Hz interlaced
- dblntsc-ff : 640x400, 27 kHz, 57 Hz
- dblntsc-lace : 640x800, 27 kHz, 57 Hz interlaced
- dblpal-ff : 640x512, 27 kHz, 47 Hz
- dblpal-lace : 640x1024, 27 kHz, 47 Hz interlaced
- dblntsc : 640x200, 27 kHz, 57 Hz doublescan
- dblpal : 640x256, 27 kHz, 47 Hz doublescan
VGA modes:
- vga : 640x480, 31 kHz, 60 Hz
- vga70 : 640x400, 31 kHz, 70 Hz
Please notice that the ECS and VGA modes require either an ECS or AGA
chipset, and that these modes are limited to 2-bit color for the ECS
chipset and 8-bit color for the AGA chipset.
5.1.2) depth
Syntax: depth:<nr. of bit-planes>
Specify the number of bit-planes for the selected video-mode.
5.1.3) inverse
Use inverted display (black on white). Functionally the same as the
"inverse" sub-option for the Atari.
5.1.4) font
Syntax: font:<fontname>
Specify the font to use in text modes. Functionally the same as the
"font" sub-option for the Atari, except that `PEARL8x8' is used instead
of `VGA8x8' if the vertical size of the display is less than 400 pixel
5.1.5) monitorcap:
Syntax: monitorcap:<vmin>;<vmax>;<hmin>;<hmax>
This describes the capabilities of a multisync monitor. For now, only
the color frame buffer uses the settings of "monitorcap:".
<vmin> and <vmax> are the minimum and maximum, resp., vertical frequencies
your monitor can work with, in Hz. <hmin> and <hmax> are the same for
the horizontal frequency, in kHz.
The defaults are 50;90;15;38 (Generic Amiga multisync monitor).
5.2) fd_def_df0=
Syntax: fd_def_df0=<value>
Sets the df0 value for "silent" floppy drives. The value should be in
hexadecimal with "0x" prefix.
5.3) wd33c93=
Syntax: wd33c93=<sub-options...>
These options affect the A590/A2091, A3000 and GVP Series II SCSI
The <sub-options> is a comma-separated list of the sub-options listed
5.3.1) nosync
Syntax: nosync:bitmask
bitmask is a byte where the 1st 7 bits correspond with the 7
possible SCSI devices. Set a bit to prevent sync negotiation on that
device. To maintain backwards compatibility, a command-line such as
"wd33c93=255" will be automatically translated to
"wd33c93=nosync:0xff". The default is to disable sync negotiation for
all devices, eg. nosync:0xff.
5.3.2) period
Syntax: period:ns
`ns' is the minimum # of nanoseconds in a SCSI data transfer
period. Default is 500; acceptable values are 250 - 1000.
5.3.3) disconnect
Syntax: disconnect:x
Specify x = 0 to never allow disconnects, 2 to always allow them.
x = 1 does 'adaptive' disconnects, which is the default and generally
the best choice.
5.3.4) debug
Syntax: debug:x
If `DEBUGGING_ON' is defined, x is a bit mask that causes various
types of debug output to printed - see the DB_xxx defines in
5.3.5) clock
Syntax: clock:x
x = clock input in MHz for WD33c93 chip. Normal values would be from
8 through 20. The default value depends on your hostadapter(s),
default for the A3000 internal controller is 14, for the A2091 it's 8
and for the GVP hostadapters it's either 8 or 14, depending on the
hostadapter and the SCSI-clock jumper present on some GVP
5.3.6) next
No argument. Used to separate blocks of keywords when there's more
than one wd33c93-based host adapter in the system.
5.3.7) nodma
Syntax: nodma:x
If x is 1 (or if the option is just written as "nodma"), the WD33c93
controller will not use DMA (= direct memory access) to access the
Amiga's memory. This is useful for some systems (like A3000's and
A4000's with the A3640 accelerator, revision 3.0) that have problems
using DMA to chip memory. The default is 0, i.e. to use DMA if
5.4) gvp11=
Syntax: gvp11=<addr-mask>
The earlier versions of the GVP driver did not handle DMA
address-mask settings correctly which made it necessary for some
people to use this option, in order to get their GVP controller
running under Linux. These problems have hopefully been solved and the
use of this option is now highly unrecommended!
Incorrect use can lead to unpredictable behavior, so please only use
this option if you *know* what you are doing and have a reason to do
so. In any case if you experience problems and need to use this
option, please inform us about it by mailing to the Linux/68k kernel
mailing list.
The address mask set by this option specifies which addresses are
valid for DMA with the GVP Series II SCSI controller. An address is
valid, if no bits are set except the bits that are set in the mask,
Some versions of the GVP can only DMA into a 24 bit address range,
some can address a 25 bit address range while others can use the whole
32 bit address range for DMA. The correct setting depends on your
controller and should be autodetected by the driver. An example is the
24 bit region which is specified by a mask of 0x00fffffe.
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