Porting Linux BIOS

Hendricks David W. dwh at lanl.gov
Wed Jun 23 15:43:01 CEST 2004

Right now I'd have to say the best supported mainboards currently are VIA 
EPIA M2 and Opteron mainboards using the AMD8111 southbridge. Asus does weird 
things with their SMbus and hasn't been very cooperative in the past with 
documentation, so I would not recommend that you risk money on them.

Though if you have a high threshold for pain, you can try one of the newer 
VIA chipsets like the KT400 and hope they're generous enough with 
documentation to complete a port. Some other VIA stuff is supported, so 
that might help with a new port.

On Wed, 23 Jun 2004, Michael Robinson wrote:

> Ron,
> I'm not sure what mobo I'm going to use yet, before I buy one I want to 
> make sure it's at least reasonably possible to get LinuxBIOS running on 
> it.  I've heard that the Asus SiS mobos won't work because of the flash 
> chip.  Is this just because of the pinout or is it because of actual 
> software compatibility.  I can always solder my own socket onto the 
> board if necessary.  I've been looking at the Asus boards and most of 
> the compatible boards on your site seem to use the SiS chipset that many 
> of the Asus's do.  Can you give me any insight on the chip compatibility 
> problem?  Most of the SiS chips in the Asus boards seem very close in 
> model number to the ones you guys have got working.
> Thanks,
> Michael Robinson
> mrobinson at fuzzymuzzle.com
> www.fuzzymuzzle.com
> ron minnich wrote:
> >it depends on the chipset type. Can you give us some lspci output and we 
> >can see what is possible?
> >
> >ron
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