[LinuxBIOS] Support for recent chipset and powerful desktop CPU

Segher Boessenkool segher at kernel.crashing.org
Thu Nov 30 06:01:05 CET 2006

> What he is trying to describe is that to use a PCI serial port card  
> you
> fist have to enumerate the PCI bus and assign resources.  Thats done
> after RAM + a bunch more is functional.

That's not true on all systems and all firmwares, FWIW;
on your average x86 box though, it would be quite inconvenient
to have to do the whole PCI setup (or even only part of
it) before RAM is up.

> So it doesn't help you bring up
> a northbridge.
> Bringing up a northbridge requires that you have some sort of debug IO
> that can happen almost immediately after the CPU starts up.

Here's a wacko idea: for systems that use LPC memory, you
can use a "biossaviour" like plugin board, with not just
flash but also a superio chip on it.  Only useful for
developers of course, not for the end user.

On systems where an I2C controller is easily reachable at
boot time, you can use that (if you can't find a header to
connect your debug cable to, use a DIMM slot :-) ).


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