[LinuxBIOS] "Cache As RAM" / Boot ROM alternative: PCI

Quux pawn2be.wild at yahoo.de
Sun Apr 29 10:11:21 CEST 2007

not as I know of, but there is $150 Altera devKit PCI card, which 
clearly could do the trick, and some more !

even a bare proto card can easily cost $40-60 these days. though DIY 
cost maybe $20
would one have to add little switches onboard connected to the chipset 
?  --Q

ron minnich schrieb:
> On 4/28/07, Peter Stuge <stuge-linuxbios at cdy.org> wrote:
>> On Sat, Apr 28, 2007 at 03:11:19PM +0200, Quux wrote:
>>> do you think that PCI expansion ROM may be useful during the
>>> developing phase in order to avoid soldering as on an GA M57sli
>>> mobo ?
>> Not an expansion ROM, that suggests the ROM is part of a PCI
>> expansion card (sound card, networking card, graphics card, RAID card
>> etc) but some southbridges support decoding the BIOS address range to
>> the PCI bus. There has to be a jumper for this on the board in order
>> to work.
> I used to be a not very big fan of this idea, but my interest is
> growing given the unwillingness of some companies (*****) to help.
> This would allow us to grab control of the platform, although it is
> pretty late in the process, but we could add this card to nodes and
> force them to use linuxbiosmain and give us control over payload and
> some other parameters. It is not an ideal solution, but it is a
> transition path to full control. It would certainly be very helpful on
> a dell cluster we have at sandia, because the bios situation on that
> cluster is difficult to work with, to say the least.
> So, are there proto cards out there with nothing but a flash part on them?
> thanks
> ron

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