[LinuxBIOS] newbi questions for VIA EPIS MII6000E target

Ronald G Minnich rminnich at lanl.gov
Mon May 1 00:36:03 CEST 2006

lists at seicento.selfip.org wrote:
> Hi all ... I'm about to make my first attempt to boot my MII6000E from the 
> onboard CF adapter so pleas forgive my possibly stupid questions.
> I have a few questions regarding this:
> VIA's fartboot firmware tells me that it's mandatory to use mkelfImage on 
is this intentional :-)

> bothe kernel and initrd, is this also true for linuxBIOS ?

Yes. Claim is that fartboot is actually linuxbios; who knows?

> Even if vga bios is copied over from original flash will video be blank 
> untill kernel initializes the video card or will it be possible to see the 
> tipical "loading linux ......" and consequent tipical kernel messages on 
> video ?

if vga is enabled in linuxbios, you'll see all output.

> If the latter is possible would I need to avoid passing console to be 
> serial amongst the kernel options ?


> According to documentation on the linuxBIOS home
> http://www.linuxbios.org/index.php/Payloads
> the etherboot payload has bothe ide and net boot capabilities ... will 
> this let me boot from the onboard CF adapter ?


> What adjustments must I make to the EPIA-M-howto documentation to use the 
> etherboot payload ?

Someone else will have to answer that.

I can never get etherboot to build :-)


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