[LinuxBIOS] EPIA M-II (CF Boot)
linuxbios at compsup.demon.co.uk
Thu Dec 1 02:37:25 CET 2005
I would like to add my name to the list of people who have suceeded with the
The VGA BIOS offset given by Nick Barker was no good for my board (Model:
EPIA-Mii12000 LVDS), I had to use skip=786432 as suggested by Jun.
I am having problems with the kernel recognising the CF device as hde1
though. I am able to manually mount hde1 from a diagnostics shell within the
initrd after running cardmgr, so it is available, but once I exit the shell
the kernel is saying it can't find hde1.
I'm not sure if Nick used devfs with his setup, but that's not available for
my 2.6.14 kernel. I have used mknod to create the device, and also tried
using udevstart but still have the same problem. I wonder if it's something
to do with me having all the pcmcia stuff compiled directly into the kernel
instead of as loadable modules? Unfortunately I'm quite rusty with Linux!
Anyway, I suppose this is a bit off topic. The LinuxBIOS seems to work
great, thank you, and big thanks to Nick for all your work on the EPIA M2.
Oh, by the way, I used Award's AWDFLASH to flash linuxbios.bin. Using the
undocumented /F option. Nick's HOWTO talked about a flash_and_burn utility
which wasn't in the tree, and the flashrom tool just wouldn't compile for me
for some reason. AWDFLASH worked, except for some strange quirks. I can't be
certain if it was due to bad floppies on my part, but for some reason I felt
I was having better success overwriting a good bios, rather than re-trying
on a failed flash. The machine would go loopy sometimes. It all works now
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