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ReadSpbResource function

Reads data from an open Simple Peripheral Bus (SPB) resource. All input parameters are supplied by the display miniport driver.


NTSTATUS ReadSpbResource(
  _In_     HANDLE          DeviceHandle,
  _In_     VOID            *SpbResource,
  _In_     ULONG           Length,
  _Out_    VOID            *Buffer,
  _In_opt_ LARGE_INTEGER   *ByteOffset,
  _In_opt_ HANDLE          EventHandle,
  _Out_    IO_STATUS_BLOCK *IoStatusBlock


DeviceHandle [in]

A handle that represents a display adapter. The display miniport driver previously obtained this handle in the DeviceHandle member of the DXGKRNL_INTERFACE structure that was passed to the DxgkDdiStartDevice function.

SpbResource [in]

A pointer to an SPB resource that the display miniport driver opened using the OpenSpbResource function.

Length [in]

The size, in bytes, of the buffer pointed to by the Buffer parameter.

Buffer [out]

A pointer to a buffer that receives the data read from the specified SPB resource.

ByteOffset [in, optional]

An optional pointer to a variable that specifies the starting byte offset in the SPB resource where the read operation will begin. If an attempt is made to read beyond the end of the file, ReadSpbResource returns an error.

For more details on how to specify the byte offset, see the following Remarks section.

EventHandle [in, optional]

An optional handle for a caller-created event. If this parameter is supplied, the caller will be put into a wait state until the read operation is completed and the given event is set to the Signaled state.

This parameter can be NULL.

IoStatusBlock [out]

A pointer to an IO_STATUS_BLOCK structure that receives the final completion status and information about the requested read operation. The Information member of the IO_STATUS_BLOCK structure receives the number of bytes actually read from the SPB resource.

Return value

This function returns STATUS_SUCCESS if it succeeds. Otherwise, it returns one of the error codes defined in Ntstatus.h.


If the call to OpenSpbResource set either of the OpenOptions flags FILE_SYNCHRONOUS_IO_ALERT or FILE_SYNCHRONOUS_IO_NONALERT (defined in Wdm.h), the I/O Manager maintains the current file position. If so, the caller of ReadSpbResource can specify that the current file position offset be used instead of an explicit ByteOffset value. This specification can be made by using one of the following methods:

  • Specify a pointer to a LARGE_INTEGER value with the HighPart member set to -1 and the LowPart member set to the system-defined value FILE_USE_FILE_POINTER_POSITION (defined in Wdm.h).
  • Pass a NULL pointer for ByteOffset.

ReadSpbResource updates the current file position by adding the number of bytes read when it completes the read operation, if it is using the current file position maintained by the I/O Manager. Even when the I/O Manager is maintaining the current file position, the caller can reset this position by passing an explicit ByteOffset value to ReadSpbResource. Doing this automatically changes the current file position to that ByteOffset value, performs the read operation, and then updates the position according to the number of bytes actually read. This technique gives the caller atomic seek-and-read service.


Minimum supported client

Windows 8

Minimum supported server

Windows Server 2012

Target platform


Dispmprt.h (include Dispmprt.h)



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