Linux bios and IBM Netvista 8363 (again)

Adam Sulmicki adam at
Tue Aug 10 11:23:01 CEST 2004

FWIW, you get 3A when you connect HDD and it is spinning up.

On Mon, 9 Aug 2004, zac luzader wrote:

> Thats a good idea. Its a 32 pin socketed PLCC, an AM29F040B, 512KB AMD
> Flash, data sheet:
> Looks pretty standard to me, although you would know better than I.
> This may be moot now, as just since posting the my inital message, I got
> it to boot something sane of my own making, from CompactFlash (without
> the network, which it was previously dependent on).
> This significantly lessens my need to use LinuxBIOS, although I would
> still be happy to reduce the startup time. Also, the BIOS only
> understands uncompressed kernels (vmlinux). If it would accept a bzImage
> then booting should be faster.
> As an aside:
> Through my experimenting today, I was able to find that this entire
> board uses only 680mA maximum on its single 12V connector (not 3A as the
> nameplate states), and will run off anything between 5.5 and 30 volts (I
> only tested it to 14ish, the onboard switcher is rated to 30). This is
> fanstastic news for me, since I intended it to run right off the
> cigarrette lighter in my car, with only minor protection circuitry. And
> I only paid $99 for it.
> Hendricks David W. wrote:
> >What kind of flash part does it use? Perhaps you use a mainboard with a
> >compatible socket rather than buying a flash device.
> >
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