Can I execute a linuxbios image from linux?

Svante Signell svante.signell at
Fri Apr 2 12:10:01 CEST 2004


Thank you for the information. I'll check if this equipment is usable
for my hardware. The crucial thing is whether the BIOS chip is socketed
or not. We'll see, at least I know the size is 2Mbit, since the latest
BIOS binary (A6120IMS.200) supported by MSI is 261144kbyte. Does anybody
have experience with removing a soldered chip on a motherboard without
destroying anything?

I sent in an update enquiry about my BIOS version (AMI) to and they offered me to purchase a new one, supporting
modern CPUs and up to Windows XP, for around the same price as the "BIOS
saviour" board costs. Since I'm only running Linux on this computer, I'm
not interested in booting other OSes. I'm mostly interested to be able
to upgrade the box with faster (dual) processors.    

However, according to the answers obtained so far there seems to be no
interest at all to make LinuxBIOS(V2) work with older motherboards, such
as the widely spread 440BX-based ones. As mentioned in earlier postings,
I'm willing to be a test pilot for this port, but I cannot do it without
help from the LinuxBIOS developers.


On Thu, 2004-04-01 at 02:46, Kevin O'Connor wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 31, 2004 at 09:30:16PM +0200, Svante Signell wrote:
> > Is there a way to try out a new BIOS without risking to end up with an
> > unbootable main-board, ethernet, serial port, some special card
> > connected to the south-bridge (PIIX4) e.g. a special PCI/ISA card, etc?
> > Other solutions including soldering, EEPROM programming devices, etc?
> A number of people are using the "BIOS Savior" product with success.  See:
> Depending on which part you need, you can mail order it from,
>, or probably a bunch of other places.
> -Kevin

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