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.
VESA/VBE Information from the Video Electronics Standards Association
This applies to: