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Is my mainboard supported?

There are several steps involved in finding out whether your mainboard is supported by coreboot, or if it would be easy to support.

  • First, check the Supported Motherboards. If your mainboard is in this list, you are lucky and you will be able to try coreboot.
  • If your mainboard is not mentioned here, you will have to know how to code C in order to proceed. If you don't, refrain from trying to get coreboot onto your system.
  • Next, you will have to do a lot of data gathering:
    • Check out your mainboard's chipset. Use lspci on Linux/*BSD to do this. Look at the host bridge and at the LPC bridge. If you find those in our list of Supported Chipsets and Devices a port might be easy.
    • If your chipset is supported, check out the SuperIO with Superiotool
    • Look for a board that has the same chipset and the same SuperIO and start from there. Make sure you have a backup solution in place to recover if something goes wrong. You can not use your vendor bios' recovery bootblock to do this.
    • See the Developer Manual for further information.

More Resources

  • Laptop page with some information on data gathering.