[coreboot] GeForce 8600GT with coreboot [was: m57sli VGA failure]

Ward Vandewege ward at gnu.org
Mon Feb 18 21:29:16 CET 2008

On Mon, Feb 18, 2008 at 09:18:12PM +0100, Ronald Hoogenboom wrote:
> > Can you try a few different graphics cards? My GeForce 6200 cheapo
> > card works well.
> I've been able to borrow a cheapo ATI RV515 [Radeon X1300] and that one
> indeed works. So what is the story with the Nvidia GeForce 8600GT? Why
> doesn't the bootrom on the card initialize it properly via the x86
> emulator?

Weird. I've got machines running with a few different cheapo Nvidia 7xxx
class cards.

> Is there /ANYBODY/ who has had some success with an nvidia 8600GT and
> coreboot? Or are there other VGA cards that have similar problems?

I have not come across any.

> Something else I noticed is that the CPU fan speed isn't regulated with
> coreboot. The K8-temp goes over 90 C and the fan is still reving slow at
> 800 RPM (nice and quiet, but not so good for my athlons health).

I submitted some code a long time ago (r2620) to set the fans to automatic
control on the it8716f superio. That was of course based on a PLCC version of
the board. Check src/superio/ite/it8716f/superio.c.

Perhaps there's a bug there - or maybe something has changed on the SOIC
version of the m57sli.


Ward Vandewege <ward at fsf.org>
Free Software Foundation - Senior System Administrator

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