This page describes how to use LinuxBIOS on the MSI MS-7260 (K9N Neo) mainboard.
Some more information of the board is available in the mailing list archives.
So far we have verified that revision 1.0 of the mainboard has a socketed PLCC32 ROM chip (512KB).
If you have any other revision of the board, please contact us on the mailing list and let us know if it has a socketed (and PLCC-type) ROM chip.
|CPU||Works||I'm using an AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3600+, both cores work fine.|
|RAM||Works||It seems some combinations of DIMMs and RAM slots don't work. Using only one DIMM works for me.|
|IDE using CF-to-IDE adapter||Works||—|
|USB||Works||Tested: USB thumb drive, USB keyboard.|
|PCI add-on cards||Not working||There seem to be problems with PCI add-on cards. This is being investigated.|
|PCI Express add-on cards||Untested||—|
|Serial port (COM1)||Works||—|
|Mainboard sensors/fans||Works||The k8temp module loads fine, the sensors tool outputs the CPU temperature (both cores in my case) correctly.|
|CPU frequency scaling / powersave modes||Untested||Probably won't work as long as there's no ACPI implementation for this board(?)|
|Flashrom||Works partly||Currently Flashrom works fine with LinuxBIOS, but it does not yet work with the proprietary BIOS.|
$ cp payload.file /tmp/filo.elf
Build the LinuxBIOS image, containing the payload.
$ cd LinuxBIOSv2/targets $ ./buildtarget msi/ms7260 $ cd msi/ms7260/ms7260 $ make
Write the LinuxBIOS image onto your ROM chip using flashrom:
$ flashrom -wv linuxbios.rom
Note: At the moment flashrom does not work in the MS-7260 (when booted using the original BIOS). Thus, I'm flashing the ROM chip in a different mainboard where flashrom works. However, flashrom works just fine once the MS-7260 is booted using LinuxBIOS.
- Test the devices marked as "Untested" in the above status table.
- Fix flashrom to also work when the board is booted using the proprietary BIOS.
- Fix the issues with PCI add-on cards.
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