linuxbios on cheaper motherboards

Hendricks David W. dwh at
Fri Feb 13 16:01:01 CET 2004

You might want to consider the ECS K7S5A--It uses a SiS735 chipset. It is 
also compatible with both DDR SDRAM and normal SDRAM, but I am not sure if 
anybody has tried this using DDR SDRAM on the SiS73x series boards with 
LinuxBIOS yet. 

On Fri, 13 Feb 2004, Andre Dias wrote:

> Hello Fellows,
> I have been using linuxbios for a while on some products of my company,
> we make pc-based jukeboxes and arcade machines for pubs and public
> venues and I have been using linuxbios and DOC to make a fast boot and
> prevent the computer to hang at boot when CMOS clears, and to store some
> information on DOC and prevent hard disk corruption problems.  We also
> have busybox on DOC, so we can verify problems and provide maintenance
> even when HD fails.
> We used pcchips M810 (red motherboard) and ECS K7SEM (purple). We used
> this board mainly because it was the cheapest and worked fine with
> linuxbios. Now this motherboards are impossible to find on retailers and
> SDRAM modules are becoming scarce. I have seen that EPIA is being
> actively developed but EPIA is not really easy to find  and cheap (at
> least in south america), also its CPU is not the best performance.
> I was thinking of using  PCCHIPS m810D (SIS 740, closer to SIS730) but
> its PLCC BIOS is soldered onboard! So I had to switch to ASROCK K7VM2
> (via KM266), and we could afford donnate $400 and this motherboard plus
> cpu and memory, to a developer that could make linuxbios work on this
> board (with sound, eth0, framebuffer, IDE and serial port working). Its
> a very small reward, but maybe it will help any developer that is
> already working on it.
> thanks for the attention
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