[coreboot] Wiki (Add a ROM field which lists the BIOS chip type)

Uwe Hermann uwe at hermann-uwe.de
Mon Dec 15 03:19:06 CET 2008

On Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 02:32:30AM +0100, Peter Stuge wrote:
> Paul Menzel wrote:
> > Would not both places be redundant and require a lot of work to
> > keep in sync?
> Surely redundant, but the idea may be to have info both online and
> offline, on the web and in the flashrom binary.

Yep, that's one of the points.

There is a certain level of redundancy, but no as much as it may seem.
Note that we're tracking slightly different things on the
"Supported_Motherboards" and "Flashrom" wiki pages.

On http://www.coreboot.org/Supported_Motherboards we list mostly
board properties:

 (1) Type of ROM chip package / socket (PLCC32, DIP32, DIP8, etc).

 (2) The type(s) of "protocols" the board/chipset supports (LPC, FWH, ...).
     This is not the same as what the "Flashrom" wiki page should/will
     list, for instance some chips may support both LPC _and_ FWH,
     but a certain board may only support one of them.
     The flashrom wiki page will only list which types the _chip_
     supports, this entry on "Supported_Motherboards" lists what the
     board supports.

 (3) Whether there's a socket on the board (or the chip is soldered).

 (4) Whether flashrom works fine on this board (_not_ whether it
     supports the chip which happens to be in this board per default).

     Also, this field (on "Supported_Motherboards") is not fully redundant
     with the field in the "Flashrom" wiki page; flashrom supports many
     boards which have no coreboot support whatsoever. The point of the
     Supported_Motherboards page is to have a fast overview of most
     relevant info if a user is checking if/which board is supported, or
     which board he/she could buy, or which (type of) ROM chip he/she needs
     to buy as a spare for a given board.

The http://www.coreboot.org/Flashrom page will have _some_ of that info
duplicated, but not really much. It's more about supported southbridges
and chips, the only duplication is the list of boards which flashrom
supports and which also happen to work in coreboot. But that's ok, I
think we can live with that amount of duplication; we really want
a quick overview in "Supported_Motherboards" without too much other

Thanks, Uwe.
http://www.hermann-uwe.de  | http://www.holsham-traders.de
http://www.crazy-hacks.org | http://www.unmaintained-free-software.org

More information about the coreboot mailing list