[PATCH] Support x-vga=on for PCI host passthrough devices

steve steve at snewbury.org.uk
Wed Oct 7 18:59:36 UTC 2020

-------- Original message --------From: Alex Williamson <alex.williamson at redhat.com> Date: 07/10/2020  18:08  (GMT+00:00) To: Steven Newbury <steve at snewbury.org.uk> Cc: Peter Krempa <pkrempa at redhat.com>, libvir-list at redhat.com Subject: Re: [PATCH] Support x-vga=on for PCI host passthrough devices On Wed, 07 Oct 2020 14:20:21 +0100Steven Newbury <steve at snewbury.org.uk> wrote:> On Wed, 2020-10-07 at 15:07 +0200, Peter Krempa wrote:> > On Wed, Oct 07, 2020 at 13:59:35 +0100, Steven Newbury wrote:  > > > When using a passthrough GPU with libvirt there is no option to> > > pass "x-vga=on" to the device specification.  This means legacy  > > > > Please note that we don't add support for experimental qemu features> > (prefixed with "x-") until they are deemed stable and the x- is> > removed, so this patch can't be accepted in this form.> >   > Okay, so should I bug qemu to promote the feature to stable?  It's been> like that forever, it's certainly not a new feature:> > https://github.com/qemu/qemu/commit/f15689c7e4422d5453ae45628df5b83a53e518ed> > So it's been that way for 8 years!It's that way upstream because VGA routing is a nightmare, it'sessentially broken on any system with Intel graphics because the devicealways has VGA regions routed to itself.  That problem is not gettingbetter, but the demand for VGA is getting less, so there's very littleincentive to work on the problem rather than just letting it die outonce nobody cares about VGA.  Any 600 series or newer GeForce cardshould have a UEFI ROM available.  Also note that VGA support can beconfigured both as a module option of vfio-pci and a build option, sothere's no guarantee that a display class device will have the VGAregions available for QEMU to use this option.  Thanks,I'm still going to fix up my patch even if it's not going to get committed.  It's very useful for me, my old nvidia card doesn't work without it, and I also need it for seabios/dos compatibility with my ATIs. In fairness, I haven't tried it with my Intel, it's too old to support the new vGPU stuff and I need to see what I'm typing! ;-)For what it's worth, I had no trouble with GPU passthrough once I realised it needed x-vga=on. VGA arbitration was automatically switched. It's been rock solid stability wise, although the 8800 has horrible VGA/DOS performance. Windows10 runs like on bare metal.
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