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VESA/VBE Compatibility on Older Intel Graphics Products

What is VBE/VESA?
VBE (VESA BIOS Extension) is a graphics standard that is used by many games written for the MS-DOS* operating system. It allows MS-DOS games to support screen resolutions and color depths beyond those supported by the VGA standard. VBE is normally implemented in the video BIOS, so no driver support is usually required.

Which versions are supported?
The integrated graphics controller of older Intel graphics products supports VBE versions; 1.2, 2.0 and 3.0.  Both linear and banked framebuffer modes are supported. This allows the use of full color and resolution DOS games and applications.

This also provides driver independent (fall-back) graphics support for other operating systems. For example, Windows XP* will use VBE modes for display until the Intel® Graphics Driver is installed.

Related topic
VESA/VBE Information from the Video Electronics Standards Association

This applies to:

Intel® 82810 Graphics and Memory Controller Hub (GMCH)
Intel® 82815 Graphics Controller
Intel® 82830M Graphics and Memory Controller Hub (GMCH)
Intel® 82845G Graphics Controller
Intel® 82852/82855 Graphics Controller Family
Intel® 82865G Graphics and Memory Controller Hub (GMCH)
Intel® 82915G/82910GL Express Chipset Family
Intel® 82945G Express Chipset
Intel® 82946GZ Graphics Controller
Intel® 82G965 Graphics and Memory Controller Hub (GMCH)
Intel® 82Q963 Graphics and Memory Controller Hub (GMCH)
Intel® 82Q965 Graphics and Memory Controller Hub (GMCH)
Intel® G31 Express Chipset
Intel® G33 Express Chipset
Intel® G35 Express Chipset
Intel® G41 Express Chipset
Intel® G43 Express Chipset
Intel® G45 Express Chipset
Intel® Q33 Express Chipset
Intel® Q35 Express Chipset
Intel® Q43 Express Chipset
Intel® Q45 Express Chipset
Mobile Intel® 4 Series Express Chipset Family
Mobile Intel® 915GM/GMS, 910GML Express Chipset Family
Mobile Intel® 945GM Express Chipset Family
Mobile Intel® 965 Express Chipset Family

Solution ID: CS-030338
Last Modified: 17-Jul-2014
Date Created: 19-Mar-2009