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How do I get DVI output working

Question asked by Michael Worster on Nov 30, 2016
Latest reply on Dec 1, 2016 by Michael Worster

I have a custom board with a DVI port on it. The board has a i.MX6DL and is loosely based on the SABRE SDB. I have read in the reference manual that the HDMI PHY of the i.MX6DL is HDMI/DVI compliant and that the HDMI/DVI electrical signals are the same, so I attempted to enable "hdmi" expecting this would work for my DVI.


I have added video parameters into my boot command line as follows:



In my device tree I've added support for the framebuffer 0 device as done in the SABRESDB  device trees as well:

    mxcfb1: fb@0 {
        compatible = "fsl,mxc_sdc_fb";
        disp_dev = "hdmi";
        interface_pix_fmt = "RGB24";
        mode_str ="1920x1080M@60";
        default_bpp = <24>;
        int_clk = <0>;
        late_init = <0>;
        status = "okay";


    aliases {
        mxcfb0 = &mxcfb1;


Once these changes were in place I booted up the board, however the log was showing that the fb wasn't being created:

Error opening /dev/fb0: No such file or directory


I added in a bit more debug and found that during the probe of mxcfb0 it correctly pulls the options from the bootloader's command line, but in the "mxc_dispdrv_gethandle" function is appears to never enter the "list_for_each_entry(entry, &dispdrv_list, list)" and thus returns found=0 and the mxc display driver isn't loaded:

[    0.234994] MIPI DSI driver module loaded
[    0.235609] mxc_sdc_fb fb.15: mxcfb_probe enter
[    0.235624] mxcfb_get_of_property
[    0.235638] mxc_sdc_fb fb.15: get of property mode_str fail
[    0.235678] fb_get_options start, : mxcfb0
[    0.235686] fb_get_options end 0
[    0.235704] mxcfb_option_setup end
[    0.235711] calling mxcfb_dispdrv_init
[    0.235716] mxcfb_dispdrv_init start
[    0.235724] mxcfb_dispdrv_init - disp_dev: hdmi
[    0.235733] mxcfb_dispdrv_init - mxc_dispdrv_setting - if_fmt: 910313298
[    0.235740] mxcfb_dispdrv_init - mxc_dispdrv_setting - default_bpp: 32
[    0.235748] mxcfb_dispdrv_init - mxc_dispdrv_setting - dft_mode_str: 1920x1080M@60
[    0.235755] mxc_dispdrv_gethandle start
[    0.235762] mxc_dispdrv_gethandle locked
[    0.235781] mxc_dispdrv_gethandle unlock
[    0.235787] mxc_dispdrv_gethandle end, found: 0
[    0.235796] mxc_sdc_fb fb.15: NO mxc display driver found!


I checked my .config file and it appears I have framebuffer support included:



Any thoughts on why this failing to enable the display driver?