[LinuxBIOS] LinuxBIOS on Compaq ProLiant 1850R?

Uwe Hermann uwe at hermann-uwe.de
Mon Dec 3 22:23:37 CET 2007

On Mon, Dec 03, 2007 at 10:45:01AM -0500, Corey Osgood wrote:
> > I was wondering if LinuxBIOS would work on my Compaq ProLiant 1850R server. The current Compaq BIOS lacks a lot of options.
> >   
> The system itself is not supported yet, but all the components are. It
> wouldn't be very hard to port it.

Yep, let's do it. Does the board have a socketed BIOS so you can
hot-swap it to have a backup chip stored away safely?

> > I identified the following chips on the mainboard:
> >
> > Super I/O: NSC PC87317
> > Northbridge: Intel FW82443BX
> > Southbridge: Intel FW82371EB

Looks good, we can support that easily.

Please send the output of 'lspci -tvnn' and 'superiotool -dV' from your
board (run it as root). Also, please run the 'getpir' tool and
send us the irq_tables.c file which is generated by the tool.

We can make a patch with that information then, if you're willing to
test it on your hardware.

> > SCSI: Symbios LSI 53C876 (on-board)
> >   
> You'd have to extract the original option rom from the bios for this,
> then prepend it to linuxbios. Explore around the wiki a bit, there's a
> build guide for another board with a SCSI option rom, or else it's the
> same process as for a VGA rom.

Do you absolutely need the SCSI? See also Peter's post, I'm not sure
if/how it may work, but you should be able to boot off of IDE just fine
with LinuxBIOS if that helps.

> > Video: ATI Rage IIc (on-board)
> >   
> There's a driver in LB for the rage, I don't know if it'll work with
> this particular one or not, but it can't hurt to try. This would mean no

Yeah, that would be very interesting to know.

> need to use the vendor BIOS. There's a tyan board that uses this, but I
> don't know which one(s) off the top of my head.

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