Mini HOWTO: using a CF card for testing and developing coreboot
Installing coreboot on machine using a CF
The image linux-nokia-ip530-coreboot.img is a 32Mb image which can be placed on the standard CF card. This image was initial intended for the nokia-ip530, but can be used for upgrading, testing and developing coreboot on a x86 system. This is not a distrubution, but a lean and mean installation with a stable kernel. It uses the serial port as its main console at 115200n81. And its easy to personalize for developming and testing needs. Just compile the kernel on a development system and copy the bzImage file to the CF filesystem.
#[sudo] dd of=/dev/<cf-card-device> of=./linux-nokia-ip530-coreboot.img
Place the CF card in the slot of the IP530, connect a serial cross cable. get a terminal program (like putty) set the speed to 115200 Bps None, 8, 1 and boot up the IP530.
You must get a prompt.
Depending on the board revision, the board revision can be found on the inside of the machine, its on little stickers on the right-side of the board. Do the following steps:
When you flashed the rom you can reboot the machine with
Then you should see that the COREBOOT bios is starting. And the command prompt should appear again. Now you're ready to install the system with Linux.
Via distro that can install via serial console
If you have a installation CD with serial IO than remove the CF card and hook up a CDROM and HDD to the primary IDE controller and start the installation.
Via distro installation on a DONOR PC
Otherwise use a other PC as donor, hook up the HDD and install Linux there.
The kernel boot customation "apci=off console=ttyS0,115200n8" apci=off is nessary due that the Nokia-IP530 coreboot bios does'nt support APCI yet.
Make sure that the ttyS0 is enabled in inittab, or some other place depending on the distro.
And now your machine is ready to run......
It should be posible to run any OS that is able to run without the following devices: - Videocard - Keyboard - Mouse - Floppy - Paralell port
So NO windows :-)
Havefun with your Nokia-IP530, any remarks about this please email me on email@example.com
You can mail me too if you have a board revision that is not supported yet, you must be able to load the rom image "coreboot-nokia-ip530-board-rev-b.rom", but be prepared that maybe not all hardware is working.