[coreboot] Fwd: sony vaio pcg sr1k
ahmet alper parker
aaparker at gmail.com
Tue Jul 21 10:11:27 CEST 2009
I have an old motherboard, maybe I should start whit it first. I am
really interested in those things you cited, like electronics, low
level programming and so on. I think I should get some items like
soldering iron etc. The most critical question on my mind is I feel
that there is no end for a chip design so you may have to do it every
time when you see a new chip. But, anyway, I will try it, since I want
to learn it a lot :)
On Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 6:24 AM, Peter Stuge<peter at stuge.se> wrote:
> Hi Ahmet,
> ahmet alper parker wrote:
>> Ok, I feel mad enough :) Is there a documentation/info/video that
>> describes what I should do?
> An efficient firmware level developer has years of software and
> ideally also hardware education (autodidact, or otherwise) as well as
> development experience. That can't really be packaged in a video that
> can just be clicked on in a web browser.
> There is however a lot of documentation available online, and of
> course the source code can be used to learn a lot!
> There are several presentations about coreboot available online, but
> they are all somewhat introductory and overviewy, because it is
> difficult to go into all details in only 40 minutes.
> The better way to start is typically from the other end - learn all
> you can about lowlevel PC programming in general, and then focus on
> coreboot. coreboot isn't a great place to learn everything you need.
> It can certainly be done, but it will take a very long time.
> If you have already opened your laptop several times to do some
> hacking, and you figured out how to do it yourself, I think it could
> be really interesting to work on coreboot. You would learn about
> every single pin (there are a thousand or so) on the major chips in
> your laptop, you would get a soldering iron if you don't already have
> one and you would learn how to solder surface mount components on the
> laptop mainboard. You could also help yourself by learning about
> electronics, voltages and current, in order to turn your laptop
> (meant for users) into an embedded systems development board (good
> for firmware level development). This might mostly consist of
> mechanical (i.e. physical) hacks, to be able to run the system
> without the case, but that can be very tricky.
>> Also, one more comment, in a previous attempt, I used some tool to
>> enable the virtualization technology of the cpu with hacking it
>> without the own menu of the original bios. I hope this has no harm
>> on bios, correct?
> That's impossible to say without knowing exactly what the tool did.
> I would say that if your system still starts and runs, and you notice
> no problems while running the system, then your BIOS is still OK.
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