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Pill Ingo wrote:
This is very easy ETEQ chipsets are relabelled VIA chipsets, in older versions also the VENDOR strings etc identified the chips as VIA - Products , i dont know whether ETEQ did change these strings, but the chips themselves are still VIA-chipsets. ( due to licence contracts ) example : VIA VPX = ETEQ EQ82C661X PCI
Really? How about say, a 82c6638/6629 AGP chipset? Where would one go find out which chipset matches which? I guess 'll be working on VIA chipsets, that's a relief, Eteq is a hard to find company.
Relabelled, well I'll be..
I was looking at an interesting spec today, the BIOS Boot spec. It appears to push BIOS functionality similar to what has been suggested here, such as letting the user pick which device to boot from if a certain key is hit during the boot process. It also allows a non-bootable or non-functioning device to tell the bios that it has failed to boot by calling int 18h, returning control to the bios so that it can attempt a boot of the next available device. It also suggests that BIOS designers should think of any device as capable of booting from parallel, serial, USB, etc.
All in all an interesting read.
It can be gotten from http://www.pheonix.com/products/specs.html
There's also some other neat documents there.
On Sat, 6 Mar 1999, James Oakley wrote:
I was looking at an interesting spec today, the BIOS Boot spec.
Many of our ideas are from OpenFirmware IEEE-1275-1994. I saw that specification from Phoenix and it sounded nice. But it was too IA16-structured in my eyes and needs a bit of "platform cleanup" What is a vision in my mind is at least a partly implementation of IEEE-1275. Check out the OpenBIOS homepage for details on that IEEE standard.
that it can attempt a boot of the next available device. It also suggests that BIOS designers should think of any device as capable of booting from parallel, serial, USB, etc.
Hmm.. The Alpha AXP "Firmware" MILO uses parts of the Linux kernel linked against the bios to support all hardware supported by Linux. This *may* be a nice idea but on the other hand, it may be too bloated for a small 128kb Flash
Regards, Stefan Reinauer