[coreboot] building a coreboot (and 100% free software) compatible box

xdrudis xdrudis at tinet.cat
Fri Feb 8 23:15:29 CET 2013

On Thu, Feb 07, 2013 at 08:52:47PM +0100, Denis 'GNUtoo' Carikli wrote:
> on the radeon of the M4A785T-M (01:05.0 VGA compatible controller:
> Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI RS880 [Radeon HD 4200]) it can:
> some time ago I commented the VGA option rom running but kept it in
> memory and it worked(the linux kernel initialized the card). it can
> also work without the firmware but has no 3D acceleration nor video
> acceleration(XV).

I believe from linux 3.7 up there is no longer option for UMS in
radeon, and KMS needs the nonfree firmware.
> I didn't try without the nvidia option rom yet...I really should.
> The nvidia card even has 3D acceleration with the free
> firmware.

Yes I think nouveau does not need the VGA BIOS, but I haven't tried.
May depend on gpu model.

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