[LinuxBIOS] which motherboard would be the better choice

Mike Dilworth mjd at e-nspect.com
Mon Jun 4 08:36:16 CEST 2007

hi Uwe

thanks for the reply.  I suspected that perhaps i would not be taking the most well trodden path.  I suppose HDMI will need some form of special init but as yet I havent looked into it in any great detail. 

I want to build my own media center which is why I want the HDMI feature and there aint a lot of choice. I also want my media box to behave more like an appliance (to keep the wife happy ;-) )  which is how i came to stumble on the LinuxBios project and it looks pretty cool.

Amongst other things I am a c/c++ programmer and I would be very interested in dabble in Linux Bios however I have almost no free time these days.  In your opinion how much work is needed. Consider I know pretty much zero about LinuxBios but rate highly as a c programmer, I am also a fast learner, and that I could perhaps give the effort about 10-15hrs a week. How many weeks do you think its going to take?



From: Uwe Hermann <uwe at hermann-uwe.de>
Sent: 03 June 2007 12:56
To: Mike Dilworth <mjd at e-nspect.com>
Subject: Re: [LinuxBIOS] which motherboard would be the better choice 

Hi Mike,

On Fri, Jun 01, 2007 at 05:19:24AM -0700, Mike Dilworth wrote:
> as you can tell I need the HDMI feature. 

Hm, I don't know much about HDMI. Would that need some special init in
the BIOS? Do we have support for such things in LinuxBIOS?

> On both I will use the AMD Athlon X2 3800+ AM2 CPU 
> MS-7327 
> uses AMI BIOS 
> AMD 690G Northbridge and SB600 Southbridge 
> integrated ATi Radeon X1250 videocard 
> Realtek High Definition Audio Driver 
> ATI System Drivers for RS480/RS482/RC410/SB600 
> AMD HDMI Audio Drivers 
> Realtek 10/100 LAN Drivers 
> ATI SB600 IDE RAID Driver 
> Realtek Gigabit Ethernet Drivers 
> from the photos it looks like this uses ??? its nt clear DIP BIOS??? 
> Abit AN-M2HD 
> NVIDIA® GeForce®7050PV/nForce 630a 
> from the pictures i think this uses a PLCC: Plastic Leaded Chip Carrier 

Both mainbaords are not yet supported, sorry. Neither are the chipsets
they use, so it'd be pretty much work to support them.

If you are willing to buy some other mainboard, one of the supported
ones (http://linuxbios.org/Supported_Motherboards) would be a good
choice, or have a look at the ones listed here:


These mainboards are _not_ yet supported, but making them work would be a
lot easier as they use already-supported chipsets.

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