[LinuxBIOS] LinuxBIOS and VMWare

Joe Pub joepubber at googlemail.com
Wed Feb 28 18:07:29 CET 2007

Hi There,

Has anyone had any success with VMWare.  I have partially implemented the
PC87360 SIO chip which has give me serial and I can boot LinuxBIOS up to the
elf payload stage.  I'm trying to get the VMWare VGA to work at no avail.
Has anyone else has success with this.

I have added


to the Optionslb file and adjusted the size of the ROM image by -32KB
(sizeof VGA BIOS for VMWare)
and also added

        device pci f.0 on                         # VGA controller
            chip drivers/pci/onboard
                device pci f.0 on end
                register "rom_address" = "0xfff80000"

to the Config.lb.

When I start VMWare with this image though it does nothing but sit there
with no VGA.  I have even enabled serial logging back on using
CONFIG_CONSOLE_SERIAL8250 but still continue to use CONFIG_PCI_ROM_RUN but
nothing then even gets written to the serial port.

When does the VGA BIOS rom get called, at what stage?

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