On Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 08:05:38PM +0000, Eli Duttman wrote:
Nothing has come my way, regarding my initial query. I'd appreciate a response, even if it is in the negative.
I'm sorry my skills rate to be of zero help with the project. I can read a little C and dabbled with x86 assembler years ago. Nothing of consequence there.
I'm an IBM mainframe CICS system programmer, with over 40 years of experience. If, by some chance, solid mainframe assembler and decent COBOL skills can be of use, I'd be delighted to pitch in.
From: Eli Duttman firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2016 2:00 PM To: email@example.com Subject: Very Old Machines
SeaBIOS seems to be a possibility for the ancient ISA bus machine reactivation project I have begun. What's currently in ROM lacks INT 13H extension support and is not Y2K compliant. When last used in the early 2000s, entering a 2nnn year seemed to be OK. An EEPROM is not present and any "load" would have to burned into 1 or more EPROMs.
TIA, for any replies.
I'm not sure I understand what your question is.
The SeaBIOS code should run on any machine with a 386 or later. However, machines have specific initialization sequences (such as configuring the memory controller) and SeaBIOS does not implement that at all - that is the role of the coreboot project. Given the age of the machines you are working with, I suspect it will be very difficult to figure out the low level details of the machine initialization.