[coreboot] Asus M2V-MX problems

Gregg Levine gregg.drwho8 at gmail.com
Tue Jan 31 19:16:39 CET 2012

On Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 11:56 AM, David Hillman <hillmands at gmail.com> wrote:
> I was hoping to use the board above to experiment with Coreboot.  The board
> has the same northbridge as the Asus M2V-MX SE (VIA K8M890) and the same
> southbridge as the Asus M2V (VIA 8237A).  Both of those chipsets are fully
> supported.  Thinking that maybe I can at least get the board to boot ASAP, I
> built Coreboot for the Asus M2V board to get the southbridge functionality.
> I also didn't use the M2V-MX SE profile because it has the SPI chip, while
> the M2V-MX board has a PLCC-32 chip.
> The board booted fine, except I have no video, serial port or ability to
> write to the BIOS chip.  I know the board booted fine because I was able to
> SSH into the box using a PCI network card.  Considering that both the M2V
> and M2V-MX have the same southbridge chip, I don't understand why there was
> not serial port or write access to the BIOS chip.  Can someone shed some
> light on that for me, please.
> My other problem is I would like to create a build profile for the M2V-MX
> using the code from the M2V for the southbridge and the code from the M2V-MX
> SE for the northbridge.  Is that a good idea or would I have to do some
> other things?  I learned C programming in 1993 and used it only until 1998;
> I am a little rusty.  My ability to make sense of low-level chipset stuff is
> also very narrow.  However, I am a fast learner and I am desperate to get
> something accomplished for a homebrew thin client project that I have spent
> way too much time working on.
> My goal is to extend the life of boards that people send in for recycling by
> turning them into more reliable diskless information terminals.  Thanks.
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Interesting. I freely admit that I'm not very familiar with the way
Coreboot does it thing because its evolved past its humble beginnings.

That being said can you make use of your SSH connection to retrieve
the log for its boot sequence? We'd need to know what was launched,
what was not, and why your board is ignoring video and serial.

Gregg C Levine gregg.drwho8 at gmail.com
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