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Revision as of 18:32, 10 October 2007

The BCOM WinNET100 mainboard was sold by IGEL some years ago as their product IGEL-316. Their product was a Linux based terminal to work remotely with Windows and X.


Device/functionality Status Comments
CPU Works
RAM Works
IDE Works
IDE using CF-to-IDE adapter Untested
USB Works Tested with irqpoll kernel parameter. Tested: USB thumb drive.
On-board ethernet Works Tested with irqpoll kernel parameter.
On-board audio Untested
On-board VGA Untested
PCI add-on cards N/A
PCI Express add-on cards N/A
Floppy N/A No connector provided
Serial port (COM1) Works
Serial port (COM2) Untested Simple UART mode only (due to TTL level)
Parallel port Untested
PS/2 keyboard Works
PS/2 mouse Works
Mainboard sensors/fans N/A This CPU do not need a fan
CPU frequency scaling / powersave modes Work Frequency Scaling on this CPU is useless. Stop clock on HLT saves more power (enabled by Linux as default).
Flashrom Works Works fine, both with LinuxBIOS and with the proprietary BIOS.
VGA at boot-time Works LinuxBIOS logo is displayed just fine.
X11 Work Needs special kernel console and Xorg driver.


File:Igel winnet100 1.png
The IGEL-316 (WinNET 100) thin client.
The backpanel.
The mainboard.
  • GX1-300B-85-20 Cyrix/National/AMD CPU with 300MHz core clock
  • CS5530A-UCE part of the chipset, Cyrix/National/AMD companion device
  • PC97317 Super I/O
  • RTL8139C Realtec network controller
  • 39F020A PLCC32 256kiB flash memory to boot
  • LM4546 National, AC97 AD/DA
  • DOC2000 DIL32 16MiB DiskOnChip
  • SDRAM 32MiB SDRAM with 133MHz/CL2 capability as SO-DIMM

Connectors (internal and external)

  • 1x PS/2 keyboard
  • 1x PS/2 mouse
  • 1x serial port (COM1)
  • 1x parallel port
  • 2x USB (OHCI)
  • 1x DSUB15 VGA analogue
  • 1x RJ45
  • Audio: Line-in, line-out, Mic
  • 1x 44pin 2mm 2.5" harddisk connector

Detailed System Information

Block diagram

The following information was gathered on a running Linux 2.6.21 system, booted via LinuxBIOS:

lspci -tv

-[0000:00]-+-00.0  Cyrix Corporation PCI Master
           +-0f.0  Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+
           +-12.0  Cyrix Corporation 5530 Legacy [Kahlua]
           +-12.1  Cyrix Corporation 5530 SMI [Kahlua]
           +-12.2  Cyrix Corporation 5530 IDE [Kahlua]
           +-12.3  Cyrix Corporation 5530 Audio [Kahlua]
           +-12.4  Cyrix Corporation 5530 Video [Kahlua]
           \-13.0  Compaq Computer Corporation ZFMicro Chipset USB


processor       : 0
vendor_id       : Geode by NSC
cpu family      : 5
model           : 9
model name      : Geode(TM) Integrated Processor by National Semi
stepping        : 2
cpu MHz         : 300.691
cache size      : 16 KB
fdiv_bug        : no
hlt_bug         : no
f00f_bug        : no
coma_bug        : no
fpu             : yes
fpu_exception   : yes
cpuid level     : 2
wp              : yes
flags           : fpu tsc msr cx8 cmov mmx cxmmx
bogomips        : 602.14
clflush size    : 32


00000000-000006d3 : reserved
000006d4-0009ffff : System RAM
000a0000-000bffff : Video RAM area
000f0000-000fffff : System ROM
00100000-01bfffff : System RAM
  00100000-00253ad9 : Kernel code
  00253ada-002a5f2b : Kernel data
40000000-40000fff : scratch_pad_ram
  40000000-40000fff : Geode GX1 Framebuffer
40008000-400080ff : bus_interface
  40008000-400080ff : Geode GX1 Bus Interface
40008100-400082ff : video_pipeline
  40008100-400082ff : Geode GX1 Framebuffer
40008300-400083ff : display_control
  40008300-400083ff : Geode GX1 Framebuffer
40008400-400084ff : memory_control
  40008400-400084ff : Geode GX1 Memory Control
40008500-40008fff : power_control.0
40400000-407fffff : smm_area.0
40800000-487fffff : video_memory
  40800000-487fffff : Geode GX1 Framebuffer
febfb000-febfbfff : 0000:00:12.4
  febfb000-febfbfff : Geode GX1 Framebuffer
febfc000-febfcfff : 0000:00:13.0
  febfc000-febfcfff : ohci_hcd
febfd000-febfd0ff : 0000:00:0f.0
  febfd000-febfd0ff : 8139too
febfe000-febfe0ff : 0000:00:12.1
  febfe000-febfe0ff : CS5530a (Kahlua) SMI handler
febff000-febff07f : 0000:00:12.3
fffc0000-ffffffff : flash_memory.0

Using the hardware with a current kernel

The current 2.6.22/23 kernel does not know the CS5530 interrupt router. So it is impossible to let the kernel itself setup PCI's interrupt routing. Even if you provide the kernel with a valid interrupt routing table (PIRQ). No interrupts will work as the interrupt routing registers are still left at their reset values. The small patch below solves this issue (it was rejected in mainline as it breaks various standard BIOS based Geode systems, as they were shipped with broken PIRQ tables [1]).

How to bring LinuxBIOS in

I was not successful to boot anything other than the software in the DoC to get some information about this board. It seems a very special BIOS as it only outputs "booting os" and nothing else. Then the splash screen comes up and the graphical environment starts. One or two times I was successful to run an update of this firmware. Because the update process fails (the server it tries to connect to doesn't answer anymore), the console comes up. That's why I know they run a 2.4 kernel with an XFree86 3.x. Their software needs about one and a half minute to boot up and supports graphical resolutions up to XGA@64k colours and SXGA@256 colours.

With my own implementation (LinuxBIOSv2, Linux 2.6.2x kernel, Xorg 7.2) I boot this machine in about 10 seconds, then the xdm dialogue occures (its a terminal, not a workstation) and supports also SXGA@64k colours.

As is it hard to get a console on this system with the original software, I found no way to reprogram the boot flash in a running system. But it is very easy to disassemble the flash memory. Only 3 screws to unscrew at the reverse.

How to open the case

Pull the front panel to one side, the casing to the other. Ready. You now have access to all relevant parts.

Access to all relevant parts

To disassemble the PLCC32 boot flash ROM you need something with a hook. I'm using my SMD tweezer. Did I mention that you will need something to burn your flash?

How to build a root filesystem

This question is easy to answer. Download the following archives:

Start with the BSP, extract it and read the quickstart in Documentation/GeoTerm-Quickstart.pdf. It will guide you through the steps that are required to:

  • get a generic project build system,
  • get a cross toolchain for the Geode GX1,
  • configure the BSP and build it,
  • bring this target up and running with LinusBIOS and GNU/Linux.

The BSP builds all parts to run this Geode GX1 system. This includes LinuxBIOS and the kernel and also userland with X to run as a terminal (not as host!).

Note: This BSP includes all required patches for the kernel. You won't need the patches below.

Required patches

When you build your own kernel for this target you might need the following patches:

  • This patch is needed to let Linux know the Cyrix 5530 interrupt router.
  • This patch is needed as someone has overoptimised chipset tweaks so the used access macros failed. This patch is required only for kernels up to 2.6.22. From Linux 2.6.23 on it's part of mainline.
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