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nvramtool (previously known as lxbios) is a utility for reading/writing coreboot parameters and displaying information from the coreboot table in CMOS.

The program works only on x86-based Linux systems that use coreboot.

It can be downloaded via Subversion:

svn co svn://coreboot.org/repos/trunk/util/nvramtool

Using nvramtool

Running nvramtool on a system running coreboot would yield a result like this:

 # ./nvramtool -a
 boot_option = Fallback
 last_boot = Fallback
 ECC_memory = Disable
 baud_rate = 115200
 hw_scrubber = Enable
 interleave_chip_selects = Enable
 max_mem_clock = 100Mhz
 dual_core = Enable
 power_on_after_fail = Enable
 debug_level = Spew
 boot_first = HDD
 boot_second = Network
 boot_third = Floppy
 boot_index = 0xe
 boot_countdown = 0xfa
 slow_cpu = off
 nmi = Enable
 iommu = Enable
 nvramtool: Can not read coreboot parameter user_data because layout info specifies CMOS area that is too wide.

Things to know

  1. coreboot will ignore the CMOS table if the checksum is incorrect, and will fallback to its hardcoded defaults.
  2. coreboot does not initialize the CMOS/NVRAM to default values. In other words, until you set values with nvramtool, your CMOS table will have an incorrect checksum, and will simply be ignored.
  3. Not all of the fields that nvramtool can set are used by coreboot on every mainboard.
  4. Some of the fields are used by payloads - for instance all the fields that start with 'boot_' in the list above. FILO and Etherboot are two examples of bootloaders parsing NVRAM values.

Old websites

The nvramtool tool is now maintained by the coreboot developers and this page is the main website of nvramtool. For reference, the following websites were previously used, but are now deprecated:

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