Re: How hard is it to write a device driver?

Subject: Re: How hard is it to write a device driver?
From: Randy Kramer (
Date: Mon Mar 12 2001 - 11:15:57 CST

Oops, sorry, please ignore the last post -- wrong list!

Randy Kramer

Randy Kramer wrote:
> I run several motherboards with built in SiS 5597 (or 5598) video
> chipsets. There is a driver for xFree 3.x, but not for 4.x.
> I'm (idly) wondering how difficult it might be to create the driver for
> 4.x?
> Must it be done from "scratch" in assembler or C, or is there any sort
> of "fill-in-the-blanks" approach (like some of the old dos printer
> drivers)?
> Will the fact that a driver exists for 3.x give me a significant head
> start?
> Is someone already working on the driver? (Because, to be honest, it is
> probably unlikely that I can do it.)
> Is there a mailing list for driver developers? (I saw the list for
> Neomagic, but I assumed that was focused on a specific brand of video
> card.)
> Thanks,
> Randy Kramer

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