User:GNUtoo/External GPU init without running the option rom

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The idea is to keep the option rom in memory while making SeaBIOS not run it. This has the effect of permitting linux(-libre) to initalize the GPU on all AMD/ATI and Nvidia GPU I tried it with. The downside is the lack of graphics before that. That means no graphics in GRUB.


From 73aae33b7e70d15b595b3f127ffe98bd76f9a646 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Denis 'GNUtoo' Carikli <>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 15:39:52 +0100
Subject: [PATCH] Kconfig: Add option not to run option roms

Signed-off-by: Denis 'GNUtoo' Carikli <>
 src/Kconfig      | 8 ++++++++
 src/optionroms.c | 2 ++
 2 files changed, 10 insertions(+)

diff --git a/src/Kconfig b/src/Kconfig
index 95bf087..1988f56 100644
--- a/src/Kconfig
+++ b/src/Kconfig
@@ -403,6 +403,14 @@ menu "BIOS interfaces"
         default y
             Support Post Memory Manager (PMM) entry point.
+        depends on OPTIONROMS
+        bool "Put the option roms in memory, but don't run them"
+        default n
+        help
+            Some GPU drivers are capable of initializing the display alone,
+            but they still require some data from the option rom.
     config BOOT
         bool "Boot interface"
         default y
diff --git a/src/optionroms.c b/src/optionroms.c
index c81eff2..c7c89da 100644
--- a/src/optionroms.c
+++ b/src/optionroms.c
@@ -53,7 +53,9 @@ __callrom(struct rom_header *rom, u16 offset, u16 bdf)
 callrom(struct rom_header *rom, u16 bdf)
     __callrom(rom, OPTION_ROM_INITVECTOR, bdf);
 // Execute a BCV option rom registered via add_bcv().