Purpose: Customize the system to allow me to play with memory mappings and large devices. I wanted to minimize intermediate steps from LinuxBIOS to Linux to minimize the areas of expertise I needed to develop. I also wanted to be able to use the SATA drives as my boot drives.
Disclaimer: There are several places where my solutions are not as elegant as I wished them to be. Suggestions are welcome.
Current set up: Tyan s2892 LinuxBIOS with Linux 2.6.18-tiny as a payload
I started by installing LinuxBIOS on the system and using FILO and Etherboot to boot to a kernel. This allowed me to try the different payloads without flashing every time.
Next I downloaded the OLPC buildrom
I built it on my 32-bit system for convenience building the kernel.
I modified the Config.mk to include pciutils from
and took out the graphical boot menu. I also modified buildrom/skeleton/devices.txt to add lines for my hard drives. I just copied the lines for sda and sda1 and made had hda1 hda2 and sda2. The important thing is to make sure that the major and minor numbers are correct.
I modified buildrom/skeleton/linuxrc so that the device files were created earlier, /dev/null didn't become a text file, and my drives got mounted.
I then modified buildrom/skeleton/bin/boot.functions so that doboot() called my script on the hard drive for the kexec. That's nice to avoid flashing the BIOS for booting different kernels.
I downloaded Linux 188.8.131.52 (2.6.18-rc4 had some problems with SATA) and patched it with the tiny patches that came with OLPC. 12-tiny-tiny-crc.patch fails, but was easy to apply by hand.
I configured the kernel to include support for ext2 and ext3, SATA, and IDE.
I ran make and copied the payloads from the buildrom/deploy directory to my s2892 to be used. olpc-payload.elf.lzma (732K) is used for booting directly from LinuxBIOS, and olpc-payload-uncompressed.elf (1.7M) was useful for testing it with FILO and Etherboot.
I'd like to go one step further and use a 64-bit kernel so that any changes I make to the kernel only need to be made once. Looking at mkelfimage, it looks like the 64-bit file format is not supported. It might be a simple change, but I don't know how to do it.
Since I couldn't figure out how to make LinuxBIOS do without the Fallback image, I configured it to have a zero size payload.
Now I have normal/linuxbios.strip (128K) fallback/linuxbios.strip (128K) normal/payload (732K) fallback/payload (0K) s2892vBIOS.bin (36K)
If I could get rid of the fallback it would make room for the 64-bit kernel (50K bigger than the 32-bit kernel). Then I'd just need to modify mkelfimage and I'd be almost there :) I guess I could take out pciutils to make up most of the difference (44K), but I like having them there for debug.
- Sample config file for
- the Tyan s2892
- This will make a target directory of ./s2892
target s2892 mainboard tyan/s2892
option ROM_SIZE =0xf7000
option CONFIG_CONSOLE_SERIAL8250=1 option CONFIG_CONSOLE_VGA=1 option FALLBACK_SIZE =0x20000 option ROM_IMAGE_SIZE=0x20000
- Tyan s2892
option CONFIG_COMPRESSED_ROM_STREAM_LZMA=1 option CONFIG_PRECOMPRESSED_ROM_STREAM=1 option USE_FALLBACK_IMAGE=0 option LINUXBIOS_EXTRA_VERSION="$(shell cat ../../VERSION)_Normal" payload ../olpc-payload.elf.lzma
option CONFIG_COMPRESSED_ROM_STREAM_LZMA=0 option CONFIG_PRECOMPRESSED_ROM_STREAM=0 option USE_FALLBACK_IMAGE=1 option LINUXBIOS_EXTRA_VERSION="$(shell cat ../../VERSION)_Fallback" payload ../payload.zero
end buildrom ./linuxbios.rom ROM_SIZE "normal" "fallback"