[coreboot] Coreboot + SeaBIOS on GA-M52S-S3P?
marcj303 at gmail.com
Tue Feb 7 21:18:11 CET 2012
On Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 9:27 AM, Ivan Shmakov <oneingray at gmail.com> wrote:
> I wonder, did anyone try Coreboot and SeaBIOS on Gigabyte's
The nvidia chipset is the biggest challenge. I don't know how close it
is to the nvida support in coreboot.
> I'm mainly interested in booting Linux 2.6-based GNU system via
> GRUB 2 from a SATA HDD (with GPT), but I'd like to have other
> boot devices (floppy and DVD drives, USB Flash) and systems
> supported as well.
This is a typical coreboot + seabios solution.
> One more issue is that the BIOS IC (labelled MX 25L4005AM2C) is
> soldered to the board. I wonder, what'd be the recovery
> procedure should the newly uploaded firmware fail to boot?
There are a number of ways to handle recovery. Please see this page
for more info:
> The backstory is as follows. Suddenly, the vendor's BIOS has
> decided that it needs a backup. Without hesitation, it choose one
> of the HDD's attached, and wrote its copy there, reserving some 2113
> sectors at its tail as a “Host Protected Area” (HPA.) Effectively,
> this has invalidated the drive's GPT, rendering the system
> unbootable. Seemingly, no data (apart from the backup GPT) was
> lost, but I'd like to avoid the surprises like this in the future.
> As I was unable to find the relevant BIOS configuration software for
> AwardBIOS, I'm now looking if I should abandon such a misbehaved
> variety of proprietary firmware completely for something free.
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