VESA BIOS Extension(redirected from VBE)
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VESA BIOS ExtensionAn earlier VESA programming interface for Super VGA cards. It provided a way for developers of DOS games and applications to query a graphics card for its capabilities and to set resolution and color depth directly. A VESA software driver was provided by the card or game vendor. As of VESA BIOS Extension (VBE) 2.0, the driver had to be implemented in the card's BIOS, and resolutions were selectable by pixels (640x480, 800x600, etc.), not just mode number.
The Universal Driver
Since the graphics card could be interrogated, it allowed for the development of a universal driver that asks for and then uses the commands that the card supports. Most VBE modes are outlined below. For more details, see PC display modes. See UniVBE.
Mode no. Video(hex) Res. Colors RAM used 101 640x480 256 300K 110 640x480 32K 600K 111 640x480 64K 600K 112 640x480 16M 900K 103 800x600 256 469K 113 800x600 32K 938K 114 800x600 64K 938K 115 800x600 16M 1406K 105 1024x768 256 768K 116 1024x768 32K 1536K 117 1024x768 64K 1536K 118 1024x768 16M 2304K 107 1280x1024 256 1280K 119 1280x1024 32K 2560K 11A 1280x1024 64K 2560K 11B 1280x1024 16M 3840K