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  $ cd ..
 
  $ cd ..
  $ svn co svn://coreboot.org/repository/coreboot-v3
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  $ svn co svn://coreboot.org/repository/coreboot-v3 '''-r656'''
 
  $ cp memtest86-3.4/memtest coreboot-v3/payload.elf
 
  $ cp memtest86-3.4/memtest coreboot-v3/payload.elf
 
  $ cd coreboot-v3
 
  $ cd coreboot-v3

Revision as of 00:53, 18 April 2008

The Memtest86 payload.

Memtest86 is a program which checks your RAM modules.

It can be run from within GRUB, but also as a coreboot payload (i.e. included in your ROM chip).

Building

Memtest86

$ mkdir foo
$ cd foo
$ wget http://www.memtest86.com/memtest86-3.4.tar.gz
$ tar xfvz memtest86-3.4.tar.gz
$ cd memtest86-3.4

(Optional: edit config.h and set #define SERIAL_CONSOLE_DEFAULT 1 for serial support)

$ make

The file memtest is your final payload which you can use with coreboot (v2 or v3), either on real hardware or in a QEMU image.

coreboot

Finally, you have to build coreboot (v3 in this example) with Memtest86 as payload:

$ cd ..
$ svn co svn://coreboot.org/repository/coreboot-v3 -r656
$ cp memtest86-3.4/memtest coreboot-v3/payload.elf
$ cd coreboot-v3
$ make menuconfig

Now enter the Payload menu and select Payload type and then An ELF executable payload file. Now exit the menu, save your settings, and build coreboot:

$ make

The file build/coreboot.rom (or build/bios.bin) is your final coreboot v3 image, which also contains the payload.

Running Memtest86 in QEMU

For running the coreboot+Memtest86 image in QEMU, you need a patched version of vgabios-cirrus.bin in your build directory first:

$ cd build
$ wget http://www.coreboot.org/images/0/0d/Vgabios-cirrus.zip
$ unzip Vgabios-cirrus.zip
$ cd ..

You can now run coreboot and Memtest86 in QEMU:

$ qemu -L build -hda /dev/zero -serial stdio

Ready-made QEMU image

Please follow these instructions if you want to try out coreboot and Memtest86 in QEMU.

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