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Panorama Video Driver

The Panorama driver is technically not really a hardware driver at all. It is simply a program (a DLL actually) that interfaces between the OS/2 video subsystem and your computer’s video BIOS. The video BIOS in your computer really does all the work. The Panorama DLL simply translates between the OS/2 “language” and the BIOS “language”. So Panorama doesn’t really control the hardware like other “real” hardware drivers do. It relies totally on the system’s BIOS to setup and control the hardware.

This approach has both its benefits and its drawbacks. The benefit is that Panorama will work on every system that has a standard VESA BIOS version 2.0 or higher — which is almost every system in existence. The drawback is that it is restricted by the capabilities and limitations of that VESA BIOS.

One common limitation is video acceleration. Most VESA BIOS only support basic operations and do not support the advanced features of the video chipset such as acceleration.

Another common limitation is that a standard VESA BIOS only supports a few standard resolutions and color depths. As a work around for this BIOS limitation, the custom resolution module in Panorama patches the BIOS in order to force it to operate at higher resolutions or wider screen formats than it was designed to do. Needless to say, patching software (the BIOS) to do something it was not designed to do does not always work. In the case of custom resolutions, patching the BIOS works often enough to make doing it worthwhile.

Panorama will only work on systems with a VESA BIOS version 2.0 or higher.

Users

Please read the readme before installing and using this software.

If you have previously used a wide screen enabler driver it is recommended that you set your screen resolution to a standard resolution such as 800×600, 1024×768, or 1280×1024 before installing this new Panorama. After you reboot with the new Panorama you can then choose the resolution you want.

Support and Submitting Tickets

Please read the Handling Problems page before submitting a ticket.

Reporting bugs and requesting new features is done through the ticket system. You can view existing tickets, add comments to them and create new tickets using the corresponding buttons at the top of every page. If you want to submit a new bug or request a feature, please use the Search function first to make sure there is no ticket for the same problem already created.

Make sure you attach a testlog log file to your ticket when you open it.