[LinuxBIOS] Is this system supported? SUN FIRE X4100

Duncan Laurie dlaurie at google.com
Tue Apr 11 18:31:58 CEST 2006

On Tue, 11 Apr 2006, Stefan Reinauer wrote:
> * Duncan Laurie <dlaurie at google.com> [060410 20:13]:
> > Flash of system BIOS can be done through the service processor
> > as it has hooks into the LPC bus (system must be in reset for
> > this to work).  This means a LinuxBIOS port would not be overly
> > dangerous since you can always flash a working BIOS by reloading
> > SP firmware (which includes a system BIOS).
> If it works similar to the Sun Fire v20z (newisys 2100e) the flash
> upgrade mechanism in the SP is pretty useless as it only works when you
> did not mess up the bios of the machine. What this does is tell the
> bios: "Please update yourself, here's the data"

This one is different; considerably more invasive but useful.
It does not care what (if anything) is currently loaded in the
system bios flash and will read and write directly via the LPC
bus.  Since LPC is no good at sharing this requires the system
to be held in reset to guarantee it is idle or all sorts of
strange things will happen.

The downside is you cannot do a BIOS upgrade via the SP through
an in-band method since you would lose communiation. (tricks could
be done to load the image first and flash later but then you lose
notification of failures, etc etc)  It is still possible to do
a direct BIOS flash on the system with the right (DOS) tool.


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